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Review Panels Under Review

Science  09 May 1997:
Vol. 276, Issue 5314, pp. 889
DOI: 10.1126/science.276.5314.889

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The National Institutes of Health is now considering changes that would revamp the structure of its study sections, the peer-review panels that review grant applications. The Division of Research Grants (DRG) is looking into the flow of applications, the principles that guide the assignment of proposals to specific study sections, and how "hot" areas of science fare in review. DRG staffers have already started a set of "pilot projects" to judge how well the judges perform, and a set of proposals should be ready in 18 months.