FASEB Supports Peer Review at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture

July 23, 2015

On July 10, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) submitted a letter in support of peer review processes at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), an agency within the United States Department of Agriculture. In the letter, FASEB applauded NIFA for taking steps to ensure that each grant proposal receives fair and detailed review by appropriate experts, including implementation of electronic questionnaires to collect and maintain information about potential reviewers and collection of declarations of conflict-of-interest. FASEB also agreed with NIFA’s estimate that researchers devote 92,000 hours to the review process each year, an important investment of time to ensure that appropriate research projects are funded and the program’s budget is managed judiciously. FASEB’s comments were submitted in response to a request for comments published in the Federal Register.

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