Guidelines for Voluntary Pre-Submission Grant Application Reviews
Federal research funding is extremely competitive. To help faculty compete more successfully for research grants, the Department of Surgery will implement a pre-submission grant application review process. The intent of this pre-submission review is to provide critical and timely feedback, thus allowing the investigator to revise and strengthen the application prior to formal submission to the grant agency. This program is modeled after several successful pre-submission review programs at top universities and medical centers throughout the country.
The specific details of the program are as follows:
1. The program is entirely voluntary and open to all Department of Surgery faculty, fellows, and residents who request assistance in preparing a grant application to a federal granting agency.
2. Applicants to the program will be prioritized based on the following criteria:
a. New investigators preparing their first grant application.
b. Investigators resubmitting an unfunded application that was scored.
c. Investigators resubmitting an unfunded application that was not discussed.
3. Grant applications of all types (e.g., NIH R, K or T mechanism) will be considered.
4. Applicants to the program should complete the Request for Pre-Submission Grant Application Review form. This form should be submitted well in advance of the actual grant submission deadline to permit the Consultant(s) enough time to complete the review and to allow the applicant ample time to make revisions.
5. The applicant should identify a Consultant to perform the pre-submission grant application review. Selection of the Consultant should be based on the following criteria:
a. Well-established investigator in the specified field.
b. Current or previous recipient of grant from targeted agency.
c. Current or previous reviewer for targeted agency.
d. Willingness to offer specific, detailed, and written advice on the strengths and limitations of the applications, as well as ways to improve the application.