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Predictive Nature of Criterion Scores on Impact Score and Funding Outcomes

Re-Published From: NIH Center for Scientific Review

What are the key criterion scores that drive impact score and funding outcomes? Staff from the NIH Office of Extramural recently published new research that further explores this question.

After examining 123,000 competing R01 applications, they published their results in PLOS-one. In short, they found that the Approach and, to a lesser extent, the Significance criterion scores were the main predictors of an R01 application’s Overall Impact score and the likelihood the application will be funded. To learn more and participate in the ongoing discussion, visit the “Open Mike” blog on the NIH Office of Extramural Research Web site.
For Another Perspective: See a paper recently published by NIH staff: NIH Peer Review Scored Review Criteria and Overall Impact. The lead author, Dr. Mark Lindner, has since been named Director of CSR’s Office of Planning, Analysis and Evaluation