Application Review Process

The Pilot Grant and Training Core will select reviewers with expertise relevant to pilot project proposal submissions. Reviewers will be composed of members of the Center’s expert Advisory Boards and Center Leadership, and other relevant experts identified by these individuals.

Review criteria and associated scoring system for reviews will be similar to those employed by the NIH. Individuals meeting the NIH definition for underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.

Pilot project applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. Significance
  2. Investigator (Review of this criterion will include consideration of the investigator’s biographical sketch and description of career plan)
  3. Innovation
  4. Approach
  5. Environment (review of this criterion will include a consideration of the mentor’s letter of support for Post-Doctoral Fellows and Trainees)

Applicants will receive written feedback from reviewers on the strengths and weaknesses of their proposal on each of the above-mentioned criteria, as well as Human Subjects and Budget sections. In addition, reviewers will provide feedback to applicants on strategies for external funding and ways to improve the research proposed to increase the likelihood of obtaining this funding.