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Peer review is one of the hallmarks of the NIH funding process. Applications are evaluated initially by review groups composed of extramural research scientists to rate the scientific and technical merit of the proposed research. This takes place either at CSR or at the Institute ( NHLBI ).

The second level of peer review is carried out by the NHLBI Advisory Council. The Council is composed of scientists from the extramural research community and public representatives. Its purpose is to ensure that NHLBI receives advice from a cross-section of the US population in the process of its deliberation and decisions.

The review process can sometimes seem secretive but this section is designed to help you better understand the process and answer the following questions:

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