Beginning in January 25, 2010, all pending and existing Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) published in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Guide for Grants and Contracts had to be compliant with the NIH Enhancing Peer Review requirements. These requirements imposed page limits and specified language that must be included in all NIH FOAs.
Evaluators conducted a content analysis of existing FOAs to examine their structure, format, and language and an evaluation task force determined what modifications could be implemented to reduce and simplify the FOA application process.
The efforts to reinvent the FOA templates improved the efficiency of the NIH FOA process by eliminating redundancies and reducing costs. Resources required to finalize the average FOA were also reduced as the 18 templates used in the original FOA development were consolidated into 7 templates.
Report Title: NIH Guide Implementation of the Peer Review Recommendations Overview Committee and Subgroups: FOA Conversion and Template Reinvention
Agency Sponsor: NIH, National Institutes of Health
Federal Contact: Rosanna Ng, 301-496-5367
Performer: Ripple Effect Communications
Record ID: 9430 (Report issued August 18, 2010)