The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has a longstanding history of supporting the most promising and meritorious research. The increasing breadth, complexity, and interdisciplinary nature of modern research has necessitated a more formal review of the NIH peer review system. In March 2008, the NIH announced the end of a year-long diagnostic phase and release of the final report. The report, drafted by the Advisory Committee to the Director and the NIH Steering Committee, identified the most significant challenges and proposed recommendations that would enhance this system of peer review in the most transformative manner. Recommendations were developed with the overarching goal to:

Fund the best science, by the best scientists,
with the least amount of administrative burden.

Phases of Process

Areas of Implementation

The final set of recommendations is organized into the following four priority areas.


This page was last reviewed on December 4, 2008
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