The study examined how the National Institute for General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Advisory Council was perceived among NIGMS staff, staff at other Institutes, Council members and several institutions outside of the National Institutes of Health. The Council is composed of extramural scientists specializing in areas relevant to NIGMS, lay members with specific expertise, and representatives from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Department of Defense. The Council has two functions: perform second-level peer review of grant applications and advise on policy and program development. The evaluators analyzed existing documents and gathered new data through semi-structured interviews with staff, Executive Secretaries at other NIH institutes, Council members and representatives from the National Science Foundation and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
The majority of respondents perceived the Council positively. Several staff described the Council as “basically appropriate” while Executive Secretaries at other NIH institutes characterized the Council as well-run or exemplary, and nearly 90% of the Council members reported being satisfied with their service.
Report Title: Support Services Task1: Assessment of Advisory Council Functions
Agency Sponsor: NIH, National Institutes of Health
Federal Contact: Rosanna Ng, 301-496-5367
Performer: Abt Associates Inc.
Record ID: 9381 (Report issued May 5, 2010)