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Changes to NIH applications and peer review in 2025

By Bouvier Grant Group

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Several changes are coming to NIH applications and peer review in January 2025. Here is a brief summary of what’s ahead:

  1. Simplified Review Framework for RPG grants. You can read more about it here and here. NIH has stated that they do not intend for applicants to change the way they write their submissions, this is instead a change to the way they are scored.
  2. Changes to fellowship application and review process. The changes will include restructuring the review criteria used to arrive at an overall impact score, and modifications to sections of the PHS Fellowship Supplemental Form, candidate biosketch, and referee letter instructions. Sign up for an informational webinar to be held September 19, 2024.
  3. Updates to reference letter guidance. Instructions for reference letters will be updated to assist reviewers in more readily understanding candidate strengths, weaknesses, and potential. Look for the updated instructions here in the fall.
  4. Changes to training grant applications. There will be updates to the NRSA data tables to reduce applicant and reviewer burden; including items that will contribute to the overall impact score; and further defining expectations for mentor training. Sign up for an informational webinar to be held June 5, 2024.
  5. Change from FORMS-H to FORMS-I for applications due on or after January 25, 2025.
  6. Use of Common Forms for biographical sketches and other support. More details from NIH regarding his initiative are forthcoming over the next few months.

Additional links and information regarding these initiatives are available here. We will also share new details as they become available.

Dr. Meg Bouvier

Margaret Bouvier received her PhD in 1995 in Biomedical Sciences from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. After an NINDS post-doctoral fellowship, she worked as a staff writer for long-standing NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins in the Office of Press, Policy, and Communications for the Human Genome Project and NHGRI. Since 2007, Meg has specialized in editing and advising on NIH submissions, and began offering virtual courses in 2015. She's recently worked with more than 40% of the nation's highest-performing hospitals*, four of the top 10 cancer hospitals, three of the top five medical schools for research, and 14 NCI-designated cancer centers. Her experience at NIH as both a bench scientist and staff writer greatly informs her approach to NIH grantwriting. She has helped clients land over half a billion in federal funding. Bouvier Grant Group is a woman-owned small business.

*Our clients include 9 of the top 22 hospitals as recognized by the 2023/24 US News & World Report honor roll

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