This is an overview of what happens to your grant application after you mail it to Bethesda. In describing the review process, I will begin at the point when your research application is received by the Division of Research Grants (DRG) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and follow through the sequence of events from referral to the NIMH to review by an Initial Review Group (IRG) and by the National Advisory Mental Health Council (“Council”).


Summary Statement Review Process Program Staff Grant Application Priority Score 


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    Editors’ note: At the time that this book went to press, changes were occuring in the way that grants referred to NIMH may be assigned for review. Many will be reviewed by an NIH standing committee rather than an NIMH committee. This chapter, however, does describe how reviews are generally conducted.Google Scholar
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    The address is DEA, Parklawn Building, Room 9–105, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857; phone 301–443–6470, fax 301–443–8683.Google Scholar
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    Editors’ note: Most AIDS grants referred to NIMH are coded AZ and the Office of AIDS Programs handles grant monitoring, but a few grants may be assigned to one of the three NIMH Divisions for this purpose. See “The Award Process” by Roberts, this volume, for a further discussion of this process.Google Scholar
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    Editors’ note: Although these reviewers usually cannot vote unless they hold an appointment in the NIH Reviewers Reserve, they can address issues relevant to the scientific merit of your application.Google Scholar
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    See “Selecting the Appropriate Research Mechanism” by Friedenberg et al,this volume.Google Scholar
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    Editors’ note: See “Reading between the Lines of Your Summary Statement” by Lyman, this volume.Google Scholar
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    Editors’ note: Fellowships and small grants are not reviewed by the Council.Google Scholar
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    Editors’ note: The expedited receipt dates for AIDS grants are January 2, May 1, and September 1, although you should check with NIMH staff members, as some mechanisms use different dates.Google Scholar
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    For those proposing to do AIDS research, the program staff are members of the Office on AIDSGoogle Scholar

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