Application Review

  • Thomas F. Hilton
  • Carl G. Leukefeld
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Public Health book series (BRIEFSPUBLIC)


Chapter 4 addressed the first half of the Application Process: Ideas, Planning, and Forms. Chapter 5 addressed Application Content. This chapter continues the application cycle by focusing on Peer Review. We describe the stress-inducing peer review process so you can be strategic in how you put forth your case for funding to maximize the technical appeal to reviewers and suggest ways to use reviewer feedback to improve competitiveness for revisions for reapplication. It ends with a brief overview of approaches to reviews by other US federal agencies.


Application Assignment Review Meetings Scoring Unscored Not Discussed DOD VA NSF NASA 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas F. Hilton
    • 1
  • Carl G. Leukefeld
    • 2
  1. 1.Indian Harbour BeachUSA
  2. 2.School of Medicine, Center on Drug and Alcohol ResearchUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA

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