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A new plan is afoot to ease NIH's peer review system. Applications will now be shorter, 12 pages rather than 25, and they should focus more on the impact of the research, rather than research method. All proposals -- even "triaged" ones -- will be scored on five criteria to give better feedback to researchers. Reviewers who have participated in more than 18 study sections will also be rewarded for their service with grant extensions up to $250,000.

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