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.

Aging Systems and Geriatrics (ASG) Study Section

The ASG study section reviews grant applications on many different disorders linked by an emphasis on investigating the disorder(s) in the context of aging. Learn more.

Behavioral Genetics and Epidemiology (BGES) Study Section

The BGES study section reviews research on the epidemiology and genetics of psychiatric disorders, psychological and mental health conditions, alcohol and substance abuse and recovery in large human populations. Learn more.

Behavioral Medicine: Interventions and Outcomes (BMIO) Study Section

The BMIO study section reviews behavioral, biobehavioral and alternative self-management approaches to medical/surgical treatment, and rehabilitation related to physical or non-psychiatric cognitive impairment as sequelae of cardiovascular diseases, asthma, arthritis, cancer or diabetes; and biobehavioral aspects of acute and chronic pain. Learn more.

Biobehavioral Mechanisms of Emotion, Stress and Health (MESH) Study Section

The MESH study section reviews applications on the interactions of psychological stress and emotion states with physical and mental illness and health across the lifespan; a particular emphasis is on the mediational role of stress- and emotion-responsive biological systems. In addition, MESH covers clinical studies relating to the interaction of normative and disordered sleep and circadian rhythms with physical and mental health outcomes. Learn more.

Biodata Management and Analysis (BDMA) Study Section

The BDMA 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. Learn more.

Biomedical Computing and Health Informatics (BCHI) Study Section

The BCHI study section reviews applications that collect, integrate, analyze, and interpret multi-platform clinical and biological data to support clinical decisions, and applications that develop, validate, and use the digital health, informatics technology, and computational methodology in healthcare services. Learn more.

Biostatistical Methods and Research Design (BMRD) Study Section

The BMRD 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. Learn more.

Cancer Biomarkers Study Section (CBSS)

The CBSS 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. Learn more.

Cancer, Heart, and Sleep Epidemiology Study Sections (CHSA & CHSB)

The CHSA and CHSB review applications focused on epidemiologic research in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and sleep conditions in large human populations. Epidemiological research designs and approaches reviewed in CHSA/B include cohort, case-control, prospective, longitudinal, retrospective, clinical trial, cross-sectional, surveillance, genetics, genome wide association studies (GWAS), transcriptome-wide association studies (TWAS); metabolomics, epigenetics, gene-environment interactions, and molecular genetics. Applications that use animal or other models are excluded. Learn more.

Chemo/Dietary Prevention (CDP) Study Section

​The CDP 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. Learn more.

Child Psychopathology and Developmental Disabilities (CPDD) Study Section

The CPDD study section focuses on human subject studies of developmental disabilities and mental health disorders with origins in early development; studies can include individuals across the lifespan. Behavioral, cognitive, socioemotional, neurobiological, genetics, and neuroimaging approaches are examined. Learn more.

Clinical and Integrative Cardiovascular Sciences (CICS) Study Section

The CICS study section reviews patient-oriented research involving the cardiovascular system and related regulatory organ systems. CICS focuses on studies which investigate the cardiovascular system of humans (and in some cases translational animal studies) including autonomic physiology and exercise cardiovascular studies. Applications may include cardiovascular studies in surgery and pediatrics. Learn more.

Clinical and Integrative Diabetes and Obesity (CIDO) Study Section

The CIDO 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. Learn more.

Clinical Neuroscience and Neurodegeneration (CNN) Study Section

The CNN study section addresses the mechanisms and management of human chronic neurodegenerative diseases and neurocognitive disorders. Learn more 

Clinical Oncology (CONC) Study Section

The CONC 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. Learn more.

Clinical Research and Field Studies of Infectious Diseases (CRFS) Study Section

The CRFS study section reviews translational and applied applications that address population-based studies on the emergence, transmission, spread, control, and prevention of infectious diseases that affect humans. Learn more.

Community Influences on Health Behavior (CIHB) Study Section

The CIHB study section reviews applications concerned with how community-level factors prevent or moderate health risks and behaviors. The applications may examine community-level social, cultural, and environmental risk factors and processes and their relationships with a broad range of outcomes. Learn more.

Community-Level Health Promotion (CLHP) Study Section

The CLHP study section reviews applications that develop and test the efficacy and effectiveness of community-level interventions aimed at preventing or moderating health risks and/or adherence to disease treatments across the lifespan. Learn more.

Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (DIRH) Study Section

The DIRH study section reviews applications that focus on the dissemination and implementation of knowledge from scientific discovery to transform healthcare delivery, improve health outcomes and manage acute and chronic illness. Learn more.

Genetics of Health and Disease (GHD) Study Section

The GHD study section reviews applications involving the discovery, application and interpretation of genetic and genomic variation in human phenotype and disease. Learn more.

Genomics, Computational Biology and Technology (GCAT) Study Section

The GCAT 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. Learn more.

Health Disparities and Equity Promotion (HDEP) Study Section

The HDEP study section reviews applications where the primary aim is to address, reduce or eliminate health disparities and improve equity related to access to care, treatment, or healthcare outcomes. This study section reviews applications related to social determinants of health, systemic influences contributing to health disparities, and health equity improvement in specific sub-populations. The study section does not review basic science applications. Learn more.

Health Services Organization and Delivery (HSOD) Study Section

The HSOD study section reviews applications that focus on the organization, delivery, and utilization of health care services, as well as health outcomes specifically related to health services. Learn more.

Infectious Diseases, Reproductive Health, Asthma and Pulmonary Conditions (IRAP) Study Section

The IRAP study section reviews applications concerned with the epidemiology of infectious diseases, reproductive health, asthma and pulmonary conditions in large human populations. Learn more.

Kidney, Nutrition, Obesity and Diabetes (KNOD) Study Section

The KNOD study section reviews applications on the epidemiology and genetic epidemiology of kidney, diabetes, obesity, urinary, gastrointestinal and liver diseases in human populations. The focus of interest can include molecular, genetic, epigenetic, pharmacologic, behavioral, environmental, microbiome, diet/nutrition, and physical activity. Learn more.

Medical Imaging (MEDI) Study Section

The MEDI study section reviews grant proposals involving exploratory application, validation and evaluation of in vivo imaging of humans and animals, including early phase clinical studies of medical imaging systems and methodologies, molecular imaging techniques, molecular imaging agents and contrast agents, radiomics or imaging biomarkers, and related technologies. Learn more.

Motor Function, Speech and Rehabilitation (MFSR) Study Section

The MFSR study section reviews applications on normal and disordered motor function, including speech and voice production. Function across the lifespan (infancy through old age) is addressed, and both human and animal models are considered. Learn more.

Neural Basis of Psychopathology, Addictions and Sleep Disorders (NPAS) Study Section

The NPAS study section reviews applications to study the etiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis or treatment of major psychiatric disorders, drug and alcohol addictions, and sleep disorders. Learn more.

Neurological, Aging and Musculoskeletal Epidemiology (NAME) Study Section

The NAME study section reviews applications on epidemiologic research on neurological disorders, conditions related to aging, and musculoskeletal conditions. Studies of communication and visual disorders are also reviewed by NAME. Learn more.

Nursing and Related Clinical Sciences (NRCS) Study Section

The NRCS study section reviews applications addressing the clinical management of patients. Studies should have clear patient care implications or be closely associated with clinical practice. Learn more.

Oral, Dental and Craniofacial Sciences (ODCS) Study Section

The ODCS study section reviews applications on oral microbiology, oral immunology, periodontology, cariology, salivary gland biology, pathophysiology and clinical studies of oral diseases and restorative dentistry. Learn more.

Psychosocial Development, Risk and Prevention (PDRP) Study Section

The PDRP study section reviews applications that focus on the identification of individual and contextual risk and protective factors and processes on individuals, the prevention of psychopathology and problem behaviors, and the design and testing of intra- and inter-personal interventions related to social development across the life span. Learn more.

Psychosocial Risk and Disease Prevention (PRDP) Study Section

The PRDP 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. Learn more.

Social Psychology, Personality and Interpersonal Processes (SPIP) Study Section

The SPIP study section reviews applications examining the social contextual factors in individual health outcomes, addressing social and psychological aspects of health and well-being across the lifespan. Learn more.

Social Sciences and Population Studies Study Sections (SSPA & SSPB)

The SSPA and SSPB study sections review social, behavioral, and economic applications focused on health and well-being across the life course, health disparities, demographic processes, and economic and policy influences on health. Most studies involve large population samples. Research approaches may include quantitative studies; cross-sectional, longitudinal, or cohort comparison designs; experimental and quasi-experimental designs; data collection efforts; life course studies; and domestic, international, or cross-national studies. Disciplines commonly represented include sociology, social epidemiology, demography, economics, public health, geography, and human development and family studies. Learn more.