NIH Center for Scientific Review Study Sections

Most grant applications are reviewed by the Center for Scientific Review (CSR) or an NIH Institute or Center (IC). Below is a list of CSR study sections that review prevention research applications. 

Once an application is assigned to a study section, the review process is organized and overseen by a Scientific Review Officer (SRO) to ensure that it is fair and unbiased. Learn more about how applications are assigned and how you can request a specific study section.

AIDS Clinical Studies and Epidemiology Study Section

Study Section Identifier: ACE

The AIDS Clinical Studies and Epidemiology Study Section reviews applications dealing with clinical and epidemiological aspects of HIV/AIDS and associated diseases in United States and international settings.

Aging Systems and Geriatrics Study Section

Study Section Identifier: ASG

The Aging Systems and Geriatrics Study Section reviews applications on studies of age-related conditions and diseases that cover multiple organ systems or disciplines, and which require integrated experimental or observational approaches.

Biomedical Computing and Health Informatics Study Section

Study Section Identifier: BCHI

The Biomedical Computing and Health Informatics Study Section reviews applications that collect, integrate, share, and analyze health information, as well as applications to advance the development, validation, and use of communications technology, to support multidisciplinary clinical care and research, personal health management, translational science, population and environmental health, and the behavioral and social sciences.

Biodata Management and Analysis Study Section

Study Section Identifier: BDMA

The Biodata Management and Analysis Study Section reviews grant applications concerned with computational methods for acquisition, management, querying, sharing, and analysis of biological data. Areas of interest overlap with basic research in computer science, statistics, mathematics, computational biology, and bioinformatics. Within this context, hypothesis-driven applications and applications integrated with experimentation are also welcomed.

Behavioral Genetics and Epidemiology Study Section

Study Section Identifier: BGES

The Behavioral Genetics and Epidemiology Study Section reviews research on the epidemiology and genetics of psychiatric disorders, psychological and mental health conditions, alcohol and substance abuse and recovery and development in human populations, and other health behaviors. Psychiatric diseases and conditions considered include schizophrenia, bipolar and mood disorders, depression, anxiety, suicide, antisocial personality, and obsessive compulsive disorders. Other areas considered include normal and abnormal human development through the lifespan, developmental disorders such as autism and ADHD, learning abilities and disabilities, temperament, and risky behaviors.

Behavioral Medicine: Interventions and Outcomes Study Section

Study Section Identifier: BMIO

The Behavioral Medicine: Interventions and Outcomes Study Section reviews behavioral and biobehavioral approaches to treatment, management, adaptation, and rehabilitation related to physical or cognitive impairment; study of sequelae of diseases or disorders; and biobehavioral aspects of pain, affect, stress, social support, and symptom perception. Included are applications focused on interactions between experiential, behavioral, social, psychological, and physiological factors.

Biostatistical Methods and Research Design Study Section

Study Section Identifier: BMRD

The Biostatistical Methods and Research Design Study Section reviews applications which seek to advance statistical and mathematical techniques and technologies applicable to the experimental design and analysis of data in biomedical, behavioral, and social science research. Emphasis is on statistical quantitative methods to aid in the design, analysis, and interpretation of clinical, genomic, and population-based research studies. This includes analytic software development, refinement and novel application of existing statistical methods, and secondary data analyses utilizing existing database resources.

Behavioral and Social Consequences of HIV/AIDS Study Section

Study Section Identifier: BSCH

The Behavioral and Social Consequences of HIV/AIDS Study Section reviews studies of behavioral and psychosocial aspects of HIV infection, the effectiveness of interventions, the consequences of infection, and the effects of HIV infection and AIDS on the individual, family, and community. In addition, it reviews health services and other social science research of psychosocial factors of HIV disease.

Behavioral and Social Science Approaches to Preventing HIV/AIDS Study Section

Study Section Identifier: BSPH

The Behavioral and Social Science Approaches to Preventing HIV/AIDS Study Section reviews applications that address the multi-level factors, antecedents, social dynamics, and contextual influences on HIV risk and preventive behaviors, as well as basic behavioral, epidemiologic, and social science studies of mechanisms and factors at the individual, microsocial, and community levels. BSPH considers both national and global studies.

Cancer Biomarkers Study Section

Study Section Identifier: CBSS

The Cancer Biomarkers Study Section reviews applications on the discovery, development, and validation of diagnostic biomarkers for early detection of cancers. The study section will also review applications on the discovery, development, and small-scale validation of prognostic markers of cancer progression, recurrence, and response of therapy.

Chemo/Dietary Prevention Study Section

Study Section Identifier: CDP

The Chemo/Dietary Prevention Study Section reviews applications that address nutrition, dietary, and chemopreventive factors and their use in intervention for cancer risk and inhibition of cancer progression. Emphasis is on basic mechanistic studies, preclinical and clinical (phase I and phase II) studies, as well as discovery, evaluation, and validation of dietary factors.

Cancer, Heart, and Sleep Epidemiology Panel A

Study Section Identifier: CHSA

The Cancer, Heart, and Sleep Epidemiology Panel A reviews applications on epidemiologic research in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and sleep conditions in human populations. Cardiovascular disorders considered include myocardial ischemia and infarction, cardiac hypertrophy and failure, cardiovascular arrhythmia, blood pressure and hypertension, atherosclerosis, heart rate, atrial fibrillation, cardiac arrhythmias, coronary heart disease, dyslipidemia, and peripheral arterial disease. Sleep conditions considered include sleep apnea, sleep disordered breathing, sleep disturbances, fatigue, and insomnia. Areas related to cancer include cancer of the breast, prostate, digestive system, reproductive system, head and neck, skin, bone, lungs, and hematologic and childhood cancers in human populations.

Cancer, Heart, and Sleep Epidemiology Panel B

Study Section Identifier: CHSB

The Cancer, Heart, and Sleep Epidemiology Panel B reviews applications on epidemiologic research in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and sleep conditions in human populations. Cardiovascular disorders considered include myocardial ischemia and infarction, cardiac hypertrophy and failure, cardiovascular arrhythmia, blood pressure and hypertension, atherosclerosis, heart rate, atrial fibrillation, cardiac arrhythmias, coronary heart disease, dyslipidemia, and peripheral arterial disease. Sleep conditions considered include sleep apnea, sleep disordered breathing, sleep disturbances, fatigue, and insomnia. Areas related to cancer include cancer of the breast, prostate, digestive system, reproductive system, head and neck, skin, bone, lungs, and hematologic and childhood cancers in human populations.

Clinical and Integrative Cardiovascular Sciences Study Section

Study Section Identifier: CICS

The Clinical and Integrative Cardiovascular Sciences Study Section considers patient oriented research involving the cardiovascular system and related regulatory organ systems. Patient oriented research is defined as studies involving investigation of the cardiovascular system of humans, including autonomic physiology and exercise cardiovascular studies and extending to include surgery and pediatrics. Clinical trials that are secondary prevention focusing on outcomes may be assigned to CICS. Applications for randomized multi-center clinical trials are not appropriate for CICS.

Clinical and Integrative Diabetes and Obesity Study Section

Study Section Identifier: CIDO

The Clinical and Integrative Diabetes and Obesity Study Section primarily reviews clinical (patient oriented) research applications related to the prevention, pathogenesis, and treatment of diabetes and/or obesity. Interventions could include diet, exercise, lifestyle, surgery, and/or pharmacotherapies.

Community Influences on Health Behavior Study Section

Study Section Identifier: CIHB

The Community Influences on Health Behavior Study Section reviews applications concerned with how broad environmental contexts in which health, disease, health-related behavior, and normal development are embedded affect human health experiences. The applications may examine social, cultural, and other environmental factors and processes and their interrelationships with a broad range of outcomes, including mental and physical health, illness and disorder, risk and protective behaviors and behavior change, health beliefs and attitudes, and normal development and functioning across the lifespan. Research approaches may include ethnographic and other qualitative methods; quantitative and mixed-method studies; cross-sectional, longitudinal, or cohort comparison designs; experimental and quasi-experimental designs; studies that focus on more than one period or transition of the life course; and international studies.

Community-Level Health Promotion Study Section

Study Section Identifier: CLHP

The Community-Level Health Promotion Study Section reviews clinical applications that test the efficacy and effectiveness of community-level interventions which focus on preventing or moderating health risks and/or adherence to disease treatments across the lifespan. Studies may investigate social, cultural, and other socio-environmental factors and processes and their interrelationships with a broad range of outcomes, including mental and physical health, illness and disorder, risk and protective behaviors, behavior change, health beliefs and attitudes, and normal development and functioning. Research approaches may include ethnographic and other qualitative methods; quantitative and mixed-method studies; cross-sectional, longitudinal, or cohort comparison designs; and experimental and quasi-experimental designs.

Clinical Neuroscience and Neurodegeneration Study Section

Study Section Identifier: CNN

The Clinical Neuroscience and Neurodegeneration Study Section addresses the mechanisms and management of human chronic neurodegenerative and neurocognitive diseases. Emphasis is on the etiology, pathophysiology, detection and diagnosis, functional consequences, and the development of therapeutic strategies for chronic/neurodegenerative disorders that affect cognition and behavior. This Study Section primarily considers patient-oriented research but also clinically oriented research using animal models.

Clinical Oncology Study Section

Study Section Identifier: CONC

The Clinical Oncology Study Section reviews applications in the areas of clinical patient-oriented research and therapeutic trials. This includes cancer clinical trials with therapeutic intent using drugs, radiation, surgery, and/or biological agents. The study section also reviews applications on cancer biomarkers using large cohorts of clinical samples to validate for cancer detection, progression, and response to therapy.

Child Psychopathology and Developmental Disabilities Study Section

Study Section Identifier: CPDD

The Child Psychopathology and Developmental Disabilities Study Section focuses on developmental disabilities and mental health disorders with origins in early development in infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. Behavioral, cognitive, socioemotional, neurobiological, behavioral and molecular genetic, and neuroimaging approaches are examined. Emphasis is on human studies of etiology, diagnosis, phenotypic description, and intervention in developmental disabilities and mental health disorders.

Clinical Research and Field Studies of Infectious Diseases Study Section

Study Section Identifier: CRFS

The Clinical Research and Field Studies of Infectious Diseases Study Section reviews applications that address population-based studies on the emergence, spread, control, and prevention of infectious diseases (including potential agents of bioterrorism) that affect humans.

Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health Study Section

Study Section Identifier: DIRH

The Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health Study Section reviews applications intending to bridge gaps between public health, clinical research, and everyday practice by building a scientific knowledge base about mechanisms whereby health information, interventions, and scientifically based clinical practices are adopted in public health and health care service use in a variety of settings. The focus of the studies reviewed is on the transmission and implementation of knowledge from scientific discovery to transform health care delivery, improve health outcomes, and manage acute and chronic illness.

Genomics, Computational Biology and Technology Study Section

Study Section Identifier: GCAT

The Genomics, Computational Biology and Technology Study Section reviews grant applications involved with the development of tools and methodologies or the application of emerging technologies to the global and integrative analysis of biological systems. Applications that are focused on applying established methods or that focus on a specific disease or molecular mechanism are not suitable for review by GCAT.

Genetics of Health and Disease Study Section

Study Section Identifier: GHD

The Genetics of Health and Disease Study Section will review applications involving the discovery, application and interpretation of genetic and genomic variation in human phenotype and disease.

Health Disparities and Equity Promotion Study Section

Study Section Identifier: HDEP

The Health Disparities and Equity Promotion Study Section reviews those applications where the primary aim is to address, reduce, or eliminate health disparities and improve equity related to health risks, access to care, treatment , or health and health-related outcomes. This study section reviews applications related to systematic influences/factors contributing to health disparities as well as those with a specific focus on health equity improvement in a particular subpopulation or subpopulations of interest. The study section does not review basic science applications.

Health Services Organization and Delivery Study Section

Study Section Identifier: HSOD

The Health Services Organization and Delivery Study Section reviews health services research studies that include multidisciplinary investigations of the organization, delivery, utilization, and outcomes of health services, including availability, access and acceptability; quality of care; costs and cost-effectiveness; comparative effectiveness; and financing of health care. Clinical study settings include inpatient, outpatient, subacute, acute, community-based, rehabilitative, and long-term care.

Infectious Diseases, Reproductive Health, Asthma and Pulmonary Conditions Study Section

Study Section Identifier: IRAP

The Infectious Diseases, Reproductive Health, Asthma and Pulmonary Conditions Study Section reviews applications concerned with the epidemiology of infectious diseases, reproductive health, asthma, and pulmonary conditions in human populations. Infectious diseases considered include vaccine-preventable diseases, emerging infections, respiratory infections, tuberculosis, gastrointestinal diseases caused by pathogenic microbial agents, sexually transmitted infectious diseases (excluding HIV), malaria and tropical diseases, and other diseases related to communicable agents. Reproductive health conditions considered include those related to the reproductive system, pregnancy and birth outcomes, contraception, infertility, and fetal and infant development (including birth defects and diseases of early childhood, particularly those related to reproductive health, genetics, and maternal exposures). Non-malignant pulmonary conditions considered include asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and conditions related to lung function, and other respiratory conditions. IRAP also reviews allergy and inflammatory response to infectious agents or airborne particles or accompanying reproductive conditions.

Kidney, Nutrition, Obesity and Diabetes Study Section

Study Section Identifier: KNOD

The Kidney, Nutrition, Obesity and Diabetes Study Section reviews applications on the epidemiology, genetic epidemiology, and prevention of kidney and urinary diseases, prostate, gastrointestinal, and liver diseases; obesity (including the metabolic syndrome, developmental origins); and diabetes in human populations. Other areas considered include the epidemiology and determinants and outcomes of organ donation and transplantation and bariatric surgery. KNOD also reviews applications that consider diet, physical activity, environmental exposures, and the microbiome on the disease conditions of interest.

Medical Imaging Study Section

Study Section Identifier: MEDI

The Medical Imaging Study Section reviews proposals involving the application and validation of in vivo imaging of humans and animals, including early phase clinical studies of medical imaging systems, molecular probes and contrast agents, software, molecular imaging techniques, and related technologies. The underlying technologies may be refined and optimized during testing in response to research questions or clinical needs.

Biobehavioral Mechanisms of Emotion, Stress and Health Study Section

Study Section Identifier: MESH

The Biobehavioral Mechanisms of Emotion, Stress and Health Study Section reviews applications on the interactions of stress, emotion, sleep and circadian rhythms, and their relationships to physical and mental illness and health. Both animal and clinical studies are included.

Motor Function, Speech and Rehabilitation Study Section

Study Section Identifier: MFSR

The Motor Function, Speech and Rehabilitation Study Section reviews applications on normal and disordered motor function, including speech and voice production. Function across the lifespan [infancy through old age], in humans and other animals, is addressed. Also included are the development and evaluation of behavioral preventive and therapeutic interventions for movement, speech, voice, and related disorders. Although the focus is on behavior, studies may also consider associated anatomical, physiological, neural, hormonal, and genetic factors. Methods include [but are not limited to] behavioral experiments, physiological measurement, acoustic analysis, structural and functional imaging, and computational modeling.

Neurological, Aging and Musculoskeletal Epidemiology Study Section

Study Section Identifier: NAME

The Neurological, Aging and Musculoskeletal Epidemiology Study Section reviews applications on epidemiologic research in neurological disorders, conditions related to aging, and musculoskeletal conditions in human populations. Neurological disorders considered include Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders, stroke, epilepsy, neurotoxicity, and autism and other neurodevelopmental outcomes. Conditions related to human aging considered include falls and fractures, functional decline, frailty, healthy aging, and longevity. Musculoskeletal conditions considered include arthritis, osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthritis, osteoporosis, musculoskeletal injury, and bone development in children.

Neural Basis of Psychopathology, Addictions and Sleep Disorders Study Section

Study Section Identifier: NPAS

The Neural Basis of Psychopathology, Addictions and Sleep Disorders Study Section addresses the neurobiological bases and treatment of psychotic, behavioral, cognitive, emotional, addictive, sleep, and eating disorders. NPAS covers a broad range of topics including structural, neuroimaging, functional, electrophysiological, genetic, biochemical, pharmacological, neuroanatomical, neuroendocrine, neurotoxicological, and neuropsychological aspects of these disorders. NPAS focuses on clinically oriented research involving human subjects. Some molecular studies involving tissue samples from human subjects may be reviewed if they include a significant clinical component.

Nursing and Related Clinical Sciences Study Section

Study Section Identifier: NRCS

The Nursing and Related Clinical Sciences Study Section reviews applications addressing the science which underpins clinical practice and is concerned with preventing, delaying the onset, and slowing the progression of disease and disability among individuals, families, and communities across the lifespan, from preconception to the elderly in rural and urban settings. Examples of clinical science disciplines that are reviewed in this Study Section include, but are not limited to nursing, medicine, social work, psychology, health education, dentistry, pharmacy, counseling, and rehabilitative therapies. Emphasis is on elucidating approaches to achieve and sustain a healthy lifestyle and healthy family functioning, easing the symptoms of illness, improving quality of life for patients and caregivers, and addressing clinical issues at the end of life. The potential for translation into clinical practice is highly relevant.

Oral, Dental and Craniofacial Sciences Study Section

Study Section Identifier: ODCS

The Oral, Dental and Craniofacial Sciences Study Section reviews applications on oral microbiology, oral immunology, periodontology, cariology, salivary gland biology, pathophysiology, and clinical studies of oral structures and restorative dentistry.

Psychosocial Development, Risk and Prevention Study Section

Study Section Identifier: PDRP

The Psychosocial Development, Risk and Prevention Study Section reviews applications that focus on the development of psychopathology and problem behaviors, the identification of individual and contextual risk and protective factors and processes, and the design and testing of intra- and inter-personal interventions related to social development across the life span. Applications on risk and protective factors and preventive interventions may be focused on outcomes and comorbid conditions related to the broader understanding of developmental psychopathology as well as optimal development.

Psychosocial Risk and Disease Prevention Study Section

Study Section Identifier: PRDP

The Psychosocial Risk and Disease Prevention Study Section reviews applications to develop and/or test behavioral interventions to prevent or reduce risk for morbid physical conditions or disease states, particularly chronic conditions in which behavior plays a major role in etiology and progression. Research may include psychosocial, environmental, pharmacological, or biological variables ,but the predominant intervention component should be behavioral.

Social Psychology, Personality and Interpersonal Processes Study Section

Study Section Identifier: SPIP

The Social Psychology, Personality and Interpersonal Processes Study Section reviews applications for research on the interaction of biological, psychological, and social factors that influence health behaviors and physical as well as mental health outcomes, on an individual level. Topics include biopsychosocial models, social affective neuroscience, psychosocial interventions, and interpersonal dynamics as they relate to health risks, health-related behaviors, and health outcomes across the lifespan.

Social Sciences and Population Studies A Study Section

Study Section Identifier: SSPA

The Social Sciences and Population Studies A Study Section reviews applications related to population processes, composition and distribution, their antecedents and consequences, and their interrelationships with biological, social, cultural, economic, geographic, institutional, behavioral, developmental, and biomedical factors and processes. This includes modeling, data collection and other studies of morbidity, mortality and health, population movement and distribution, reproduction, population aging and composition, economic factors, labor force and retirement, household and family structure, intergenerational relations, institutional structure, the genetic profiles of population members related to these variables, and biodemography in the U.S. and other countries. Most studies involve large population samples.

Social Sciences and Population Studies B Study Section

Study Section Identifier: SSPB

The Social Sciences and Population Studies B Study Section reviews applications related to population processes, composition and distribution, their antecedents and consequences, and their interrelationships with biological, social, cultural, economic, geographic, institutional, behavioral, developmental, and biomedical factors and processes. This includes modeling, data collection and other studies of morbidity, mortality and health, population movement and distribution, reproduction, population aging and composition, economic factors, labor force and retirement, household and family structure, intergenerational relations, institutional structure, the genetic profiles of population members related to these variables, and biodemography in the U.S. and other countries. Most studies involve large population samples.