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Serving on a Peer Review Committee

Alert: For due dates on or after January 25, 2025 - changes coming to how most research grant applications will be reviewed. Learn about the new simplified review framework .

To fund the best mental health research, we need diverse and inclusive peer review committees. The National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) is looking to expand the pool of peer reviewers with mental health researchers who can bring diverse perspectives to the peer review process. Find out why you might want to apply and how to get involved.

What is the NIMH peer review process?

The NIMH peer review process aims to ensure that grant applications submitted to the NIH are evaluated by scientific experts in a manner free from inappropriate influences. Peer reviewers provide feedback on the scientific merit of grant applications.

Who can apply?

Successful applicants should:

  1. Have an academic and/or professional doctorate degree.
  2. Have at least 1 year of experience at the instructor level or higher. Post-doctoral fellows might be considered if they have at least 5 years of experience.
  3. Demonstrate evidence of an active research program through things like publications and funded research studies.

Why should I apply?

In addition to serving the scientific community, there are many benefits to being a peer reviewer:

  • Gain a better understanding of how applications are evaluated
  • Learn what really impresses reviewers and apply that knowledge to your future applications
  • Get the opportunity to network with eminent mental health researchers

How do I apply?

  1. Click on the NIMH Peer Reviewer Registration Form  to submit your application.
  2. Your information will be reviewed by staff at NIMH for eligibility to serve as a reviewer.
  3. You will receive an email informing you of the outcome.

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