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Peer Review Member Qualifications

Charge

To support and assist the committee chairs by reviewing training/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.

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. Each program0based peer review committee meets once per year, and may include Letter of Intent activities.
  • If the review group is set to meet face-to-face, 1 to 3 days may be required for meeting and travel time. For a teleconference meeting, members are expected to attend for the entire meeting timeframe on the scheduled meeting date.

Responsibilities

  • Reviewer workload should not exceed 10 application assignments.
  • Register or update profile in G@H website.
  • Respond in the requested timeframe for preferences.
  • Validate any Conflicts of Interest (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.