Mission

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.

Interest in Diversity

Center for Scientific Review Staff

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.

One program of particular interest is the Early Career Reviewer Program. Those interested in staying abreast of diversity initiatives at CSR may subscribe to the Center’s Review Matters blog.

Director's Statement
Noni Byrnes, Ph.D.
Noni Byrnes, Ph.D.
Director's Statement
The NIH Center for Scientific Review handles the first level of review – the assessment of scientific and technical merit for ~76% of NIH grant applications. We believe that diversity matters at all levels — among applicants, reviewers and NIH staff. Why do we value and pursue diversity at CSR? It brings new perspectives and ideas into our community that spark creative solutions to our problems and adds a dynamic energy to all we do. We also are driven in daily efforts to recruit more scientists from underrepresented groups to serve on our peer review groups, which evaluate NIH grant applications. These individuals are helping to invigorate our efforts to provide fair and expert reviews so NIH can fund research with the best hope for advancing science and health.