Video shows NIH peer review in action

The National Institutes of Health has posted a video on YouTube depicting how grant applications are discussed and scored in NIH peer review meetings. Although the applications are fictional, the scientists in the video are experienced reviewers in the NIH peer review system and approach them as they would genuine applications.

The applications evaluated in the video are in biomedical research areas but reviews proceed similarly for applications in the behavioral and social sciences, according to psychologists who have participated in NIH review meetings. Moreover, the nature and tone of the discussions in the video are similar to those in peer review meetings of other agencies such as the National Science Foundation (although specific procedures differ).

A companion video features NIH officials and reviewers offering advice to scientists on writing successful grant applications.