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Did the reviewers like my application?

Reviewer's enthusiasm for your application will be reflected in an overall impact/priority score, and scores for each review criterion. Criterion. scores range from "1" (exceptionally strong with essentially no weaknesses) to "9" (serious and substantive weaknesses with very few strengths), reflecting scientific and technical merit. The five scored criteria for research grant 

Grant
financial assistance mechanism providing money, property, or both to an eligible entity to carry out an approved project or activity. A grant is used whenever the NIH 
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
the United State's medical research agency, a federal government agency composed of diverse Institutes and Centers that conduct and support biomedical and behavioral research. NIH Homepage.
Institute or Center anticipates no substantial programmatic involvement with the recipient during performance of the financially assisted activities.
applications are Significance, Investigator(s), Innovation, Approach, and Environment and more detail can be found in "Review Criteria at a Glance".

The overall impact/priority score will range from "10" to "90", and is calculated from the mean of the overall scores voted by all eligible panel members (not just the assigned reviewers), multiplied by a factor of 10. The overall score is not the mean of the criterion scores, but is a separate score reflecting the varying weight the reviewer applied to the individual criteria. The impact score is not the same as the "old" priority score. Impact score indicates the importance or impact the study will have on the field. Applications unanimously judged by the peer review committee to be less competitive are not discussed at the meeting and will not receive an overall impact score.

Within a few days after the meeting your Priority score and Percentile 

Percentile
represents the relative position or rank of each priority score (along 100.0 percentile band) among the scores assigned by a particular study section.
ranking are available to you online via the NIH Commons. Within a month, the scientific review administrator( SRA 
Scientific Review Administrator (SRA)
presides over a scientific review group, and coordinates and reports the initial peer review of each grant application assigned to it. They are intermediaries between applicants and reviewers, and prepare summary statements for all applications reviewed.
) will prepare the Summary Statement 
Summary Statement
official document with a short synopsis of peer reviewer critiques scores, codes indicating various concerns (e.g., human subjects research), and a recommended budget.
which will be available via your NIH Commons account. Whether or not your application was discussed, you will receive the reviewer critiques and preliminary scores for each review criterion. Go to the Commons website for information on how a username and password can be obtained.

Based on priority score, competitive applications for some mechanisms receive a Percentile rank, indicating its rank relative to others reviewed by its review group at the current and past two review meetings.  At NHLBI, an application's percentile rank is the basis for funding decisions of R01 

R01
grant mechanism used by NIH to provide support for health-related research which can be investigator-initiated or in response to a program announcement or request for application.
and R21 awards.  However, SBIR, STTR. K awards and other awards receive only a priority score.



Page Last Updated: February 2011
Content Manager: ClinicalResearchPolicyManager@nhlbi.nih.gov

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