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Internal Study Section

The Research Planning Committee (RPC) established the Internal Study Section for the School of Medicine to review NIH and NIH-type applications prior to submission with the aim to improve the quality of grant submissions. All medical school faculty are eligible to take advantage of this service. Participation is completely voluntary.

Faculty who plan to submit to the study section must send the following to the RPC (care of Denise Johnson) at least eight weeks prior to the grant deadline:

  • A letter of intent that lists the title of the proposal
  • The agency targeted for submission
  • The submission deadline
  • The names of members of the study section who should act as reviewers

The proposal must be received by the RPC within three weeks from the letter of intent.

The RPC will assign the proposal to two or three members of the study section for evaluation and will inform the applicant accordingly. Reviews will be returned to the applicant within three weeks to allow enough time (at least two weeks) for the applicant to review the feedback received, discuss the proposal further with the reviewers, and amend the application as needed prior to submission.

In this process, the applicant will have the benefit of direct interaction with the reviewers and the reviewers will focus only on the proposals assigned to them, thereby avoiding the need to convene the entire study section for review.