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NIH Peer Review Online Briefings for Fellowship and R01 Grant Applicants, and Basic Research Grant Applicants and Reviewers

Notice Number: NOT-OD-16-152

The purpose of this Notice is to inform NIH grant applicants, their mentors, and reviewers about three online video briefings the NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) will host in November and December 2016. CSR is the portal for NIH grant applications and their review for scientific and technical merit.

Each Briefing Will Have a Different Focus

Fellowship and R01 grant applicants:  The first two briefings will provide these applicants key information that could help them better navigate the NIH peer review process. 
Basic research grant applicants and reviewers: The third briefing will reaffirm NIH’s commitment to basic research and help applicants and reviewers better do their part in proposing and reviewing basic research.

8 Ways to Successfully Navigate NIH Peer Review and Get a Fellowship Grant: November 2, 2016

8 Ways to Successfully Navigate NIH Peer Review and Get an RO1 Grant: December 1, 2016

NIH Peer Review Briefing for Basic Research Applicants and Reviewers: December 2, 2016

All of the briefings will run from 2:00 to about 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time, including a 30 minute Q&A period.

How to Participate in the Briefing

Go to to register for the briefing you wish to join. You will not need to download special software.  You will just need a reliable Internet connection and browser.
Register by October 31 for November briefing
Register by November 30 for December briefings

Submit questions for the Q&A session before or during the briefing by sending them to the moderator at

Go to on the day/time your briefing is scheduled.  Click on the link that will be provided there to view it.

View Archived Briefings and Past Webinars  

View archived webinars and PowerPoint slides now on our webinar web page: Meet the Experts in NIH Peer Review webinars for R01, R15, Small Business, and Fellowship grant applicants as well as a webinar for university research administrators.
View our 2016 Briefings and PowerPoints about a month after broadcast on our webinar web page.      


Important Information Regarding Automated Compliance Improvements at NSF

Beginning September 26, 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will perform automated compliance improvements on proposals submitted through FastLane. These checks will not be conducted on proposals submitted to NSF via Proposers submitting through should be aware that will allow a proposal to be submitted, even if it does not comply with these proposal preparation requirements. Should NSF receive a proposal from that is not compliant, it will be returned without review.

FastLane will now check to ensure that the combined text of the Project Summary text boxes (or uploaded PDF if the Project Summary contains special characters) does not exceed one page prior to submission, rather than the current check of 4,600 characters. See the Proposal & Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG), Chapter II.C.2b for further information.

The compliance checks will trigger an error message in the following circumstances:

o   Project Summary text exceeds the one-page limit;

o   Project Summary text is entered and the user also uploads a “Project Summary with Special Characters” supplementary document.

We encourage you to share this information with your colleagues. For system-related questions, please contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532 or Policy-related questions should be directed to

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