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NIH Working to Maximize Fairness in Peer Review

June 19, 2014
Dale Birkle Dreer, Ph.D.
Dale Birkle Dreer, Ph.D.

Chief, Office of Scientific Review
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Fairness and impartiality are two of the core values of peer review at NIH.

NIH review staff actively identify and manage circumstances that might introduce conflict of interest, bias or prejudice into the review process. All applications are reviewed using equivalent review processes and formats. We use standard review criteria for each type of grant application. And, we take measures to balance scoring behavior among different scientific review groups. To further these efforts, NIH’s Center for Scientific Review has launched competitions for two challenges to identify new methods to improve fairness and impartiality in peer review. These competitions offer cash prizes and entries close on June 30, 2014.

Please read a recent blog from Dr. Richard Nakamura, Director of the Center for Scientific Review, for more information about the challenge competitions and other initiatives NIH is undertaking to maximize fairness.

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