A Proposal Evaluation Group (PEG) is established to provide independent,
objective review by subject matter experts of a proposal submitted
by an interested Service Center. The recommendations from this review
are used by the Competitive Service Center Committee to formulate
its recommendations to the NIH Director for use in his decision process
on the selection, timing, and resource allocations for centers.
The PEG reviews the proposal submitted in the service area and provides
recommendations as to whether the proposal should be approved as is,
should be approved with modifications, or should not be approved with
reasons why. In addition, the PEG indicates whether there is concurrence
in the resources requested in the proposal, concurrence with modifications,
or no concurrence.
In reviewing the proposals, use of the following criteria by the
PEGs helps to provide consistency in the review process across proposals
and service areas. A brief narrative by the PEG describing the strengths/weaknesses
of each proposal for each criteria will be used to clarify the recommendations.
- Based on the information provided, will the establishment of this
Service Center in this service area provide benefits (immediate
or long term) overall to NIH in terms of the efficiency and/or effectiveness
- For each Center being proposed: Are the additional FTEs requested
by the Service Center justified in the proposal and reasonable in
terms of the additional workload to be taken on and given the core
staff already available in the Service Center? Are the additional
FTE needs consistent with the implementation time frames?
- Are the time frames for implementation realistic? Are the User
ICDs, and/or the services, phased-in over a reasonable time frame?
- Will the provision of services to the User ICDs reduce the number
of staff (and/or contract costs) that would be needed if each ICD
were to maintain or to develop its own separate program, either
now or over the long term? And/or will it facilitate more effective
(or expanded) services?
- Have reasonable processes been used (or are they planned) to assure
appropriate human resource practices in staffing decisions and has
consideration been given to maintaining or enhancing a diverse work
- Does the overall proposal provide for periodic assessments of
both the quality of service and the efficient use of FTEs that were
provided to the CSC? Will the proposed assessment process allow
for considering the needs of both the Providers and the Users and
for addressing problems that may arise between them?
Last updated 1/30/98