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The first level of review in NIH's dual peer review system is carried out by a study section, which is composed primarily of non-federal scientists who have expertise in relevant scientific disciplines and current research areas. Approximately 70% of study section meetings are administered by the Center for Scientific Review; the remaining 30% are administered by NIH Institutes or Centers with research portfolios. Investigators may request to have their research applications sent to specific study sections for review. For more information on identifying the most appropriate study section, see Applying for NIH Funding.

Center for Scientific Review

The NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) is the gateway for NIH grant applications and their review for scientific merit. The CSR receives all grant applications for the NIH, as well as for some other components of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The CSR also organizes the peer review groups or study sections that evaluate the majority of the research grant applications sent to NIH. Below is a list of CSR study sections that review prevention research applications.

A study section's Scientific Review Officer (SRO) organizes and oversees the review of applications to ensure that it is a fair and unbiased process. To find the SRO for a study section listed below, click on the abbreviation in the first column. This will direct you to a study section page that lists the SRO in the third column of the table. The SRO's name hyperlinks to his or her contact information.

CSR Study Sections That Review Prevention-Related Research Applications
Abbreviation Study Section
ACE AIDS Clinical Studies and Epidemiology Study Section
ASG Aging Systems and Geriatrics Study Section
BCHI Biomedical Computing and Health Informatics Study Section
BDMA Biodata Management and Analysis Study Section
BGES Behavioral Genetics and Epidemiology Study Section
BMIO Behavioral Medicine: Interventions and Outcomes Study Section
BMRD Biostatistical Methods and Research Design Study Section
BSCH Behavioral and Social Consequences of HIV/AIDS Study Section
BSPH Behavioral and Social Science Approaches to Preventing HIV/AIDS Study Section
CBSS Cancer Biomarkers Study Section
CDP Chemo/Dietary Prevention Study Section
CHSA Cancer, Heart, and Sleep Epidemiology Panel A
CHSB Cancer, Heart, and Sleep Epidemiology Panel B
CICS Clinical and Integrative Cardiovascular Sciences Study Section
CIDO Clinical and Integrative Diabetes and Obesity Study Section
CIHB Community Influences on Health Behavior Study Section
CLHP Community-Level Health Promotion Study Section
CNN Clinical Neuroscience and Neurodegeneration Study Section
CONC Clinical Oncology Study Section
CPDD Child Psychopathology and Developmental Disabilities Study Section
CRFS Clinical Research and Field Studies of Infectious Diseases Study Section
DIRH Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health Study Section
GCAT Genomics, Computational Biology and Technology Study Section
GHD Genetics of Health and Disease Study Section
HDEP Health Disparities and Equity Promotion Study Section
HSOD Health Services Organization and Delivery Study Section
IRAP Infectious Diseases, Reproductive Health, Asthma and Pulmonary Conditions Study Section
KNOD Kidney, Nutrition, Obesity and Diabetes Study Section
MEDI Medical Imaging Study Section
MESH Biobehavioral Mechanisms of Emotion, Stress and Health Study Section
MFSR Motor Function, Speech and Rehabilitation Study Section
NAME Neurological, Aging and Musculoskeletal Epidemiology Study Section
NPAS Neural Basis of Psychopathology, Addictions and Sleep Disorders Study Section
NRCS Nursing and Related Clinical Sciences Study Section
ODCS Oral, Dental and Craniofacial Sciences Study Section
PDRP Psychosocial Development, Risk and Prevention Study Section
PRDP Psychosocial Risk and Disease Prevention Study Section
SPIP Social Psychology, Personality and Interpersonal Processes Study Section
SSPA Social Sciences and Population Studies A Study Section
SSPB Social Sciences and Population Studies B Study Section

Additional Study Sections at NIH Institutes and Centers

The list below contains standing review committees or study sections that meet regularly and review NIH grant applications related to prevention as a substantial portion of their work (20% or more of the applications are prevention research focused, or were identified through the PACT/Taxonomy Project – see Strategic Priority I). These committees meet outside of the Center for Scientific Review, are not special emphasis panels (SEPs), and are organized by their respective Institutes or Centers (ICs). More information is available via the hyperlinks for some of these study sections.

Biomedical Library and Informatics Review Committee

National Library of Medicine (NLM)

Study Section Indentifier: BLR

The Biomedical Library and Informatics Review Committee is responsible for reviewing the majority of the Extramural Programs (EP) grant applications for the National Library of Medicine. The EP Division of the NLM offers grants for research projects and research training in library science and biomedical informatics.

Clinical Trials Review Committee

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Study Section Indentifier: CLTR

The Clinical Trials Review Committee reviews investigator-initiated RPGs to conduct multisite clinical trials (PAR-13-128). They address any of the research areas pertinent to the NHLBI mission. The trials can be preventive, behavioral, or interventional. The committee reviews a data coordination application as well as a clinical center coordinating application for these trials. The committee also reviews R34 applications (PAR-13-005). These are to conduct pilot studies that will allow for submission of a definitive trial to follow the pilot, which essentially determines the feasibility of the larger trial.

NHLBI Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Review Committee

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Study Section Indentifier: MPOR

The NHLBI Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Review Committee mostly reviews patient-oriented research that addresses issues related to heart, lung, blood, and sleep research (only K23, K24, K25 applications).

Behavior and Social Science of Aging Review Committee

National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Study Section Indentifier: NIA S

The Behavior and Social Science of Aging Review Committee is responsible for reviewing applications that examine issues that support basic social and behavioral research and research training on the processes of aging at both the individual and societal level. It focuses on how people change over the adult life course, on the interrelationships between older people and social institutions, and on the societal impact of the changing age composition of the population. Applications may emphasize the dynamic interplay between the aging of individuals and their changing biomedical, social, and physical environments and on multilevel interactions among psychological, physiological, genetic, social, and cultural levels.

Epidemiology, Prevention and Behavior Research Review Subcommittee

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Study Section Indentifier: AA 2

The Epidemiology, Prevention and Behavior Research Subcommittee reviews applications on alcohol-related epidemiologic studies, prevention, and consequences of a wide range of behaviors. In addition, this subcommittee reviews multidisciplinary perspectives and community factors in general or well-defined populations covering all age ranges at risk for alcohol abuse.

Clinical, Treatment and Health Services Research Review Subcommittee

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Study Section Indentifier: AA 3

The Clinical, Treatment and Health Services Research Review Subcommittee reviews research grant applications that focus on the process, outcome, evaluation, and clinical assessment of treatment for alcoholism, alcohol abuse, and alcohol-related disorders. The subcommittee specifically reviews research on the clinical and behavioral aspects of pharmacological issues, early and brief interventions, consumption measurements, methodology and experimental designs, clinical populations, diagnostic procedures, therapy assessments, primary care, comorbidity, behavioral and molecular genetics, and cognitive and neurological issues. Assignments to this Subcommittee also include grant applications that examine the effectiveness of treatments as they are implemented in everyday practice settings, and applications that investigate how organizational and financial factors affect accessibility, utilization, quality, costs, and outcomes of alcohol services.

Microbiology and Infectious Diseases B Subcommittee

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Study Section Indentifier: MID B

The Microbiology and Infectious Diseases B Subcommittee reviews institutional training grants (Ts) and career development awards (Ks) in microbiology and infectious diseases. Applications that are reviewed include anything that falls within infectious diseases—both clinical epidemiology and basic research: prevention (vaccines, bed nets, water purification, MTC transmission, etc.), prophylactic therapies, post-infection therapies, epidemiology and risk analysis, and basic research.

Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Clinical Trials Review Committee

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)

Study Section Indentifier: AMSC

The Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Clinical Trials Review Committee reviews grants related to the mission of NIAMS and include clinical trials, planning grants, and clinical observational studies.

Pediatrics Subcommittee

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

Study Section Indentifier: CHHD A

The Pediatrics Subcommittee addresses issues such as: neonatology; perinatology; endocrinology; metabolism; nutrition and growth; pharmacology; epidemiology; pediatric critical care; pediatric infectious disease; and pediatrics (including birth defects).

Obstetrics and Maternal-Fetal Biology Subcommittee

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

Study Section Indentifier: CHHD B

The Obstetrics and Maternal-Fetal Biology Subcommittee addresses issues such as: pregnancy; labor; preeclampsia; lactation; placental function; reproductive immunology; and HIV infection.

Biobehavioral and Behavioral Sciences Subcommittee

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

Study Section Indentifier: CHHD H

The Biobehavioral and Behavioral Sciences Subcommittee addresses issues such as: biobehavioral bases of intellectual and developmental disabilities; social development; cognition; language; at-risk development; health and behavior; emotion; basic human behavior; socioeconomic context; culture; child abuse and neglect; neuropsychology; memory; attention; service delivery; attitudes; basic animal behavior; and policies related to these topics.

Function, Integration, and Rehabilitation Sciences Subcommittee

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

Study Section Indentifier: CHHD K

The Function, Integration, and Rehabilitation Sciences Subcommittee addresses issues such as: clinical aspects of plasticity; recovery and adaptation; limb and joint mechanics; coordination, balance, and mobility; functional impairment and disability; rehabilitative engineering; orthotics, prosthetics, and assistive devices; therapeutic exercise; secondary consequences of disabilities; behavioral and psychosocial adjustment to disease, injury, and chronic disability; functional assessments, and outcomes, participation, and societal barriers for individuals with disabilities.

Health, Behavior and Context Subcommittee

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

Study Section Indentifier: CHHD M

The Health, Behavior and Context Subcommittee addresses issues such as: the relationships among health, health-related behavior, and environmental processes, conditions, and contexts; the effects of policy, neighborhood, community, school, cultural, parenting, and family influences on individual health, health-related behaviors, and health disparities; health conditions and behaviors such as fitness, risky sexual behavior, substance use, violence, treatment-seeking, and adherence; health promotion, disease and injury prevention, health communication and education; and access to and use and delivery of health services.

Population Sciences Subcommittee

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

Study Section Indentifier: CHHD W

The Population Sciences Subcommittee addresses issues such as: marriage and family; mortality and morbidity; immigration; internal migration; population distribution; economic demography and labor force; ethnography; population and environment; and social, economic, and demographic aspects of fertility and contraception, sexual behavior, policy, child well-being, transition to adulthood, child abuse and neglect, disability, AIDS/HIV/STDs, race and ethnicity, health, neighborhoods, geographic information systems, and culture.

Kidney, Urologic and Hematologic Diseases D Subcommittee

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

Study Section Indentifier: DDK D

The Kidney, Urologic and Hematologic Diseases D Subcommitee reviews career development grants that are both individual and institutional (K, T, R25, R03). Applications include anything from basic translational to methodological grants.

Mental Health Services Research Committee

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Study Section Indentifier: SERV

Consistent with the NIMH Strategic Plan and its stated focus on the services research areas with greatest promise for addressing critical needs of those with mental disorders, the Mental Health Services Research Committee (SERV) will review applications focused on research topics in mental health services, including delivery and financing of services; accessibility, use, quality, cost, and outcomes of services; the impact of health and insurance policy changes; and dissemination and implementation of evidence-based and promising new preventive, treatment, and services interventions. It will also review applications that focus on improving scientific methods to be applied in mental health services research and methods for improving the design and analytic techniques for testing and delivery of new preventive, treatment, and services interventions. Major areas of focus will include improved understanding of the factors that contribute to optimal service availability, practice, and sustainability in a variety of care settings and in diverse communities; contextual factors that contribute to more personalized and effective mental health services; and processes for efficient and ongoing assessment, monitoring, and improvement. Research may focus on organizations, systems, or communities and may examine engagement in and adherence to mental health treatment and services. Research may involve a range of techniques, including primary clinical research, qualitative and observational techniques, and/or secondary data analyses. Applications specific to mental health policy development and outcomes will also be reviewed in SERV.

NST-2 Subcommittee

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

Study Section Indentifier: NST 2

The NST-2 Subcommittee reviews all NINDS-assigned F30 (M.D./Ph.D. fellowship) and K99/R00 (Pathway to Independence) applications spanning all of neuroscience—basic/translational/clinical.

National Institute of Nursing Research Initial Review Group

National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)

Study Section Indentifier: NRRC

There is one chartered review committee in the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) known as the NINR Initial Review Group (IRG). This committee is primarily responsible for the scientific review of individual training and career development grant applications.