Performance Improvement 2013-2014. How Might the National Institutes of Health Facilitate the Creation and Use of Critique Templates for Peer Review?

01/01/2014

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded an evaluation to assess the creation and use of critique templates for the peer review of grant applications submitted to the NIH. Critique templates were introduced with the NIH Enhancing Peer Review initiative. They are used by all NIH institutes and centers (ICs) with funding authority to capture written comments from peer reviewers to be incorporated into summary statements. To support its planning and decision-making, the NIH Office of Extramural Programs (OEP) commissioned this evaluation to better understand the creation and use of critique templates across the NIH.

The evaluation found that: 1) ownership of the critique template process was fragmented, with many cross-functional players; 2) there were four areas identified for "quick-hit" improvements; and 3) training materials were not readily accessible for Scientific Review Officers and peer reviewers. OEP will use these findings to inform the planning process for a new design to improve the creation and use of critique templates.

Report Title: Critique Template Needs Assessment
Agency Sponsor: NIH, National Institutes of Health
Federal Contact: Rosanna Ng, 301-496-5367
Performer: Master Key Resources
Record ID: 9991 (June 26, 2013)

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