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NIH Panel Urges Overhaul of the Rating System for Grants

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Science  31 May 1996:
Vol. 272, Issue 5266, pp. 1257
DOI: 10.1126/science.272.5266.1257


Choosing winners from among the 30,000 biomedical scientists who seek federal grants each year is a delicate task, especially when more than three-quarters of grant proposals now get rejected. But tinkering with the peer-review process by which the National Institutes of Health (NIH) picks these winners is an even more delicate proposition. An internal NIH panel has, however, just issued a set of recommendations that could result in a fundamental change in the way peer-review panels weigh scientific merit. Their recommendations are available on-line.