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Office of Research – CTSI External Review Program

Office of Research – CTSI External Review Program

In this difficult funding environment, it is important that MCW faculty put forth the best possible grant applications. In conjunction with the CTSI, the Office of Research is pleased to provide resources for external review of applications for R01 level grants (from NIH or other major funders) prior to submission. CTSI membership is not required for this program, which is open to investigators across the spectrum from basic science to clinical research to population science research. Assurance that the application has been internally reviewed and is supported by the Chair is required.

A full NIH style review will be requested of the outside reviewer, who ideally will be an individual with recent study section experience in the relevant area. The reviews will be officially solicited by Elizabeth Jacobs, MCW Associate Dean. An honorarium of $750 per proposal will be made available to external reviewers for a timely return of the review.

Interested faculty will submit an application form to notify Dr. Jacobs of their commitment to have a complete draft of a grant application ready by the deadline date and to provide information regarding selected external reviewers. Forms can be obtained from Dr. Jacobs or Lynne Prost (contact information below). Reviews will be solicited such that the PIs will receive the review not less than 3 weeks in advance of the MCW deadline for submission, thus allowing for time to modify the application based on reviewer comments.

The following timelines will apply:

Application form deadline to Dr. Jacobs & Lynne ProstFull application deadlineReviewer comments back to PINIH deadline
Nov 28December 7Jan 7Feb 1
Dec 28Jan 7Feb 7March 1
March 28April 7May 7June 1
April 28May 7June 7July 1
July 28August 7Sept 7Oct 1
August 28Sept 7Oct 7Nov 1

Complete Grant review packages to send to external reviewers must include:

  • Introduction and summary statement from the previous review (if applicable)
  • Specific Aims
  • Research Plan
  • Biosketches for key personnel
  • Budget and Budget Justification
  • Environment sections in an electronic format

PIs should contact Lynne Prost (lprost@mcw.edu) or Dr. Jacobs (ejacobs@mcw.edu) for an application form and additional details.

NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important Reminder – Please acknowledge the NIH when publishing papers, patents, projects, and presentations resulting from the use of CTSI resources by including the NIH Funding Acknowledgement.


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