The Center for Scientific Review (CSR) is the gateway for NIH grant applications and their review for scientific merit. We receive all grant applications for NIH, as well as for some other parts of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and we organize the peer review groups or study sections that evaluate the majority (76%) of the research grant applications sent to NIH. Since 1946, our mission has been to assure that NIH grant applications receive fair, independent, expert, and timely scientific reviews—free from inappropriate influences—so NIH can fund the most promising research. These efforts have enabled NIH to fund fundamental, cutting-edge research that has led to new treatments and cures for diseases for millions of Americans.
In addition, CSR has a Diversity & Inclusion Committee that includes staff members who help to promote diversity at CSR and an Outreach Committee that works with the larger extramural community. The Outreach Committee works with diversity-focused societies, organizations, and conferences to provide peer review presentations and workshops and to share information.