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Peer Review Member Qualifications

Charge

To support and assist the committee chairs in the review of career development and project support applications.

Appointment

  • Members are appointed to staggered terms of no more than four consecutive years.
  • After completion of four consecutive years of total service, the member must complete a one year hiatus before returning to a peer review committee.
  • Members should not participate in concurrent review waves but should alternate between waves

Equipment Requirements

  • Laptop with internet access (wireless for face-to-face meetings)
  • Landline phone connection is recommended for teleconference meetings.

Time Commitment

  • Time commitment includes application review, critique preparation, meeting activities and post meeting critique edits. Peer review groups meet once or twice a year, and may include Letter of Intent activities.
  • If the review group is meeting face-to-face, 1 to 3 days may be required for peer review meetings and travel time. For a teleconference meeting, members are expected to attend for the entire meeting timeframe on the established meeting date.

Responsibilities

  • Reviewer workload should not exceed 10 application assignments.
  • Register or update profiles in G@H website
  • Respond in the requested timeframe for preferences
  • Validate any Conflict of Interests (personal, professional, institutional) Evaluate merit of assigned applications relative to the peer review criteria. Prepared critique should be fair, objective, scholarly, and offer positive constructive criticism to the applicant.

Qualifications

  • Minimum Assistant Professor career level or equivalent.
  • Nationally recognized competence in one or more fields of biomedical research.
  • Current or recent independent peer reviewed funding typically at the national level; or equivalent research funding for reviewers employed in industry or government.
  • Consistent record of peer reviewed publications within the past five years.
  • Knowledge of the AHA and commitment to its mission.
  • Mature judgment and objectivity.
  • Ability to work effectively in a group.
  • AHA Professional Membership is encouraged.

Method of Appointment

  • Peer Reviewers may be nominated by the study group chairperson, study group members, Research Committee members and self-nominations through Grants@Heart.
  • Prior to appointment, the candidate’s credentials must be reviewed by AHA staff.