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Peer Review Member

Charge

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

Appointment

  • Regular members are appointed to staggered terms of three-four years beginning July 1 through June 30.
  • After completion of four (4) consecutive years of total service, the member must complete a one year hiatus, before returning to a peer review committee.

Equipment Requirements

  • PC or Apple laptop with wireless internet access.

Time Commitment

  • Time commitment for critiques of application reviews and pre-meeting orientations.
  • Depending on the review cycle, peer review groups meet once or twice a year.
  • If the review group is meeting face-to-face, 1 to 2.5 days may be required for peer review meetings and travel time. Less time may be required for a web-based meeting, though members are expected to dedication a full day on the established meeting date.

Responsibilities

  • Reviewer workload should not exceed 10 application assignments.
  • Evaluate merit of assigned applications relative to the peer review criteria.
  • Assign a preliminary score and prepare a written critique on the Grants@Heart (G@H) system which will be provided to applicants. The critique should be fair, objective, scholarly, and offer positive constructive criticism to the applicant.
  • Post all preliminary scores and critiques on the Grants@Heart website within the allotted timeframe.
  • Attend and participate in peer review meetings.
  • During or following peer review meetings, modify critique as necessary, to reflect the discussion and recommended scoring at the meeting.

Qualifications

  • Minimum Assistant Professor career level or equivalent.
  • Nationally recognized competence in one or more fields of biomedical research.
  • Prior peer review experience of extramural grant applications at the regional or national level.
  • 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 5 years.
  • Knowledge of the AHA and commitment to its mission.
  • Mature judgment and objectivity.
  • Ability to work effectively in a group.

Method of Appointment

  • Peer Reviewers can be nominated by the study group chairperson, study group members, Research Committee members and self nominations through G@H.
  • Prior to appointment, the candidate’s credentials must be reviewed by the unified steering committee.