AHCPR Streamlines Process for Summary Statements of Reviews of Grant Applications
NIH Guide, Volume 26, Number 12, April 11, 1997
Notice: P.T. 34
Agency for Health Care Policy and Research
The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) is streamlining its process for preparing summary statements of reviews of grant applications. Changes are designed to improve the timeliness of information for AHCPR program decisions and for useful critiques to applicants. Resource constraints make it difficult for AHCPR to continue providing comprehensive, integrated summary statements of reviews in a timely manner. The planned changes have been reviewed by AHCPR internal and external grants streamlining work groups and recommended for implementation. Changes in the AHCPR process are consistent with streamlined review systems implemented by NIH, which have been favorably received by applicants and reviewers. Effective with the October 1997 application receipt cycle, AHCPR will begin to implement a streamlined system for preparation of summary statements. The transition phase is expected to take two review cycles; full implementation will begin with the June 1998 application receipt cycle. During this transition, reviewers will be oriented to the new process, and refinements to the system will be made as needed. The implementation of this process will not affect how applicants prepare or submit their applications. Applicants should expect the summary statement of the review of applications to appear in a different format than previously. The new format will consist of a summary of the review group's discussion (when applicable), a description of the proposed project from the investigator's abstract, and the reviewers' individual critiques.
Questions or comments concerning this policy may be directed to:
Patricia Thompson, Ph.D.
Office of Extramural Research , Education, and Priority Population
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
540 Gaither Road, Suite 2000
Rockville, MD 20850
Send Questions & Comments to: https://info.ahrq.gov