FASEB Comments on NIH Scientific Management Review Board Report

August 11, 2015
On August 4, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) submitted a letter to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Science Policy on a proposal to pilot a system in which some researchers would submit a pre-application project summary before applying for a NIH grant. The proposal was one of 10 recommendations put forth by the agency’s Scientific Management Review Board (SMRB) grant review, award, and management process (GRAMP) Working Group on ways to reduce the time from grant application to allocation of funds while maintaining a high standard for accountability. In the letter, FASEB noted that adoption of additional paperwork could increase the amount of time from application to award. It urged the board to await the findings of a similar pilot program at the National Science Foundation. FASEB also encouraged the agency to solicit feedback from federal, state, and university researchers before adopting the new strategy more broadly.

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