Understanding the Review Process

The goal of NIH Peer Review is to ensure fair and accurate scientific review of all applications submitted to NIH. Explore the pages below to learn more about each peer review process, how to interpret your score and summary statement, and things to consider after your application has been reviewed. 


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First-Level Peer Review

Learn where your application will be reviewed, how applications are considered, and roles and responsibilities of the peer review committee.

Learn more about first-level peer review

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Scoring & Summary Statements

Learn how to interpret your score and summary statement results.

Learn more about scoring and summary statements

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Second-Level Peer Review

Outside of policy advisement for extramural research programs the NINDS national advisory council (NANDS) provides a second level of review for all grant and cooperative agreement applications considered by the Institute.

Learn more about second level peer review

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Post Review: Next Steps

Identify next steps for applications that may get funded, learn how to manage your award, or explore options for applications that are not funded.

Learn more about post review next steps