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Announcements

Pre-Submission Peer Review Program

In an effort to continue to support the research activities of DSPH faculty and strengthen the quality of applications being submitted by our school, the DSPH Research Office will now be offering an optional proposal pre-submission peer review for eligible investigators on eligible proposals.

Purpose

The goal of the pre-submission peer review is to provide useful feedback regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the research narrative in order to aid the investigator in submitting the strongest application possible.  The process also provides an opportunity to gain an opinion on the project from someone other than a collaborator.  Thorough review prior to the submission of an application is an essential component of successful applications.

Eligibility

The program is voluntary but open to all full-time faculty with a primary appointment in the Dornsife SPH.

Eligible proposals must also have:

  • Average annual direct costs >$200K
  • An F&A rate >= the University’s currently negotiated federal Other Sponsored Projects rate (36.5% for FY2017)
  • Both new applications and resubmissions are eligible.

Process

Investigators should submit, at minimum, the specific aims and research strategy/plan section of the grant for review.  Resubmission applications should also include any previous funding agency reviews (i.e., “pink sheets”, summary statement, etc.) and responses to those critiques. Review of these sections will be prioritized, but reviewers will also be asked to look at other available sections (which can impact scores on personnel and environment) if they are made available.  Deadlines (see Timeline below) must be met for notification of intent to submit and submission of draft proposal to the DSPH Research Office.

Notification of intent to submit a proposal for pre-submission peer review should be done by sending an email to mem464@drexel.edu.

Each proposal submitted will be reviewed by one Drexel University faculty member and one outside reviewer.  Both internal and external reviewers will receive an honorarium for their time which will be paid by the DSPH Research Office.  DSPH Investigators submitting proposals will be asked to discuss with the DSPH Research Office the type of reviewers whose input they feel will be most valuable and attempts will be made to solicit those types of reviewers.  The DSPH Research Office will contact candidate reviewers and manage the process of receiving feedback.  Reviewers will be asked to score and give comments on proposals using the review criteria associated with the mechanisms the investigator is pursuing (if available).   Reviewers will also be directed to provide specific advice on changes that can be made to improve the proposal. 

Timeline

Weeks

(Relative to Grant Deadline)

 

Activity

6 weeks before

Notify DSPH Research Office of intent to submit proposal for pre-submission peer review, share draft Aims, and discuss candidate reviewers with Research Office. [Research office will contact reviewers.]

4 weeks before

Submit draft proposal to DSPH Research Office (must include Aims and Research Plan at minimum – plus critiques and response to critiques for resubmissions). [Research Office will transmit proposal to reviewers.]

2 weeks before

Feedback is received and transmitted to faculty.

2 weeks after

Submit evaluation of pre-submission review (form provided by Research Office).