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  • Washington Highlights

    NIH Revises Grant Review Process for Research Project Grants


    Julia Omotade, Sr. Science Policy Specialist
    For Media Inquiries

    On Oct. 19, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a revised grant review process “to simplify its process to assess the scientific merit of research grant applications and mitigate elements that have the potential to introduce bias into review.” To refine the simplified review framework, the NIH collected input from over 800 individuals and scientific societies, to which the AAMC responded [refer to Washington Highlights, March 10]. In its comments, the association strongly supported the NIH’s objectives and priorities for the peer review process, but expressed strong concern that the agency’s proposed revisions (which would reduce the current five review criteria to three) would not achieve the objectives of minimizing reviewer bias. The new review framework will be implemented for grant applications received on or after Jan. 25, 2025.