Peer Review of Applications


For due dates on or after January 25, 2025: Changes are coming for how most research grant applications will be reviewed. Learn about the new simplified review framework.

NICHD provides the following answers to common training-related questions to help potential trainees navigate through the application process. Please note that these answers are specific to the NICHD’s procedures and activities.

For more general answers, visit the NIH Research Training and Career Development website

If, after looking through the FAQs, you still have questions about extramural training, contact Dennis A. Twombly, Ph.D., Deputy Director of the NICHD Office of Extramural Policy.

How are applications assigned and reviewed?

  • The Division of Receipt and referral at the NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) receives and assigns applications. The majority of grant applications are reviewed by CSR study sections. The CSR website has rosters of review committee members, receipt deadlines, application page limits, and all other policies related to peer review.
  • Fellowship applications (F30, F31, F32) assigned to NICHD are reviewed by committees at CSR based on the scientific area covered in the application.
  • Career Development Awards (K series) are reviewed by NICHD's Scientific Review Branch.
  • T32 applications are reviewed by NICHD's Scientific Review Branch. Applications may be submitted in response to the Parent T32 announcement or to specific Program Announcements.
    • NICHD uses a single deadline of May 25 for T32 applications. Review occurs the following October/November.
    • Review committee members include investigators who have experience directing these institutional training programs, as well as ad hoc members with expertise in specific fields.
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