And Science Ground to a Halt While Reviews Were Underway

NIH is going to need record numbers of reviewers to deal with as many as 30,000 stimulus funding grant applications.

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I can help here but it's been

I can help here but it's been about 4 years since I was an NIH reviewer (computational genomics). Does anyone have the site for volunteering? My address has changed in 4 yrs so it's probable that they do not have the current email.

JW

RCI should invite young

RCI should invite young investigators to serve as reviewers.

JW - you can contact your

JW - you can contact your usual program officer or an appropriate SRO at CSR. In your case, I would assume this to be:

Barbara Thomas, Ph.D.
Division of Basic and Integrative Biological Sciences

Scientific Review Officer
Genes, Genomes and Genetics (GGG)
Genomics, Computational Biology and Technology (GCAT)

Email: bthomas@csr.nih.gov
Phone Number: 301-435-0603

She could send along your offer to the appropriate individual if she is not the best point of contact for you.

Anyone who is interested in serving as a reviewer (either for the RC1s or in general) should identify and contact the most appropriate SRO in terms of reviewer expertise.