NIH Office of Disease Prevention to Create an Electronic Directory of Prevention Experts

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Disease Prevention (ODP), the lead NIH office “responsible for assessing, facilitating, and stimulating research in disease prevention and health promotion and disseminating the results of this research to improve public health,” is launching an initiative to enhance the scientific rigor of NIH-funded research projects. ODP is seeking the assistance of the extramural research community in “developing a database of experts in research methods relevant to prevention research that can help Scientific Review Officers (SROs) identify reviewers for NIH grant applications.”

Prospective experts are asked to complete ODP’s Prevention Research Expertise Survey which will create an “electronic directory,” including information about their scientific and grant review expertise. The directory will aid SROs in identifying appropriate individuals to serve on review committees, matching “the most qualified reviewers to specific grant applications.” The information provided by respondents will not be shared with any organization or individual outside the federal government.

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