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Improving the Early Career Reviewer Program

Posted by Noni Byrnes">Noni Byrnes on June 24, 2019

The Center for Scientific Review established the Early Career Reviewer (ECR) program in late 2011 with two major goals – 1) to expose early-career scientists to the peer review process, with the ultimate goal of helping them to become more competitive as applicants, and 2) to enrich and diversify NIH’s pool of trained peer reviewers. We are delighted that the program has generated a lot of interest over the years. However, the strong response has also resulted in a significant backlog of potential ECRs, one that has existed since the program’s inception almost eight years ago. At this time, we have over 2,500 qualified ECRs in our system – a number that is increasing as we continue to publicize the program. In the past few years, we have made attempts to clear the backlog, with mixed results. We instituted a requirement to include an ECR on every recurring R01 study
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