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NIH revises grant review process to improve focus on scientific merit, reduce reputational bias

The changes will help reviewers focus on the potential for proposed research to advance scientific knowledge and improve human health. Previously, five criteria were individually scored using a common scale; the simplified review framework reorganizes these criteria into three factors. Two of these factors – importance of research and rigor and feasibility – are scored using a common scale. A third factor, expertise and resources, is evaluated for sufficiency only and not given a numeric score.

The simplified review framework will be implemented for grant applications received on or after Jan. 25, 2025.