Early Career Reviewer (ECR) Program

The Center for Scientific Review (CSR) at the National Institutes of Health recruits up-and-coming researchers into its Early Career Reviewer Program to help meet the needs for reviewing NIH grant applications now and in the future. CSR organizes the peer review groups that evaluate the majority of the 80,000 grant applications researchers submit to NIH each year. It recruits over 16,000 experienced and respected researchers to participate in peer review groups each year. The Early Career Reviewer Program helps emerging researchers advance their careers by exposing them to review experience and it enriches the existing pool of NIH reviewers by including scientists from a wide range of disciplines.

  • ECRs remain in the program until they have had a chance to serve on a CSR study section or have received an NIH R01 award or the equivalent
  • Following service as an ECR, you may be asked to attend subsequent review meetings as a temporary reviewer