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NIH/CSR Sponsors Two Challenge.gov Competitions

Wednesday, May 7, 2014  
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Richard Nakamura
NIH/CSR
Dear Colleague, 

As you may be aware, the NIH Center for Scientific Review has initiated efforts to evaluate the sources of racial disparities in R01 grant funding. The ACD Working Group on Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce formed the Subcommittee on Peer Review to advise the NIH on empirically based strategies to achieve this goal. To that end, the CSR is announcing two new Challenge.gov competitions that ask scientists to submit their best ideas for aiding NIH’s effort to identify and address sources of possible bias in the NIH peer review process. First and second place winners for each competition will receive cash awards. 

For more information about these challenges, go to the CSR Challenge website. New Methods to Detect Bias in Peer Review: Contestants are asked to submit their ideas for strategies to detect possible bias in the NIH peer review process. Submissions can include approaches, strategies, methodologies, and/or measures that would be sensitive to detecting bias among reviewers due to gender, race/ethnicity, institutional affiliation, area of science, and amount of research experience. First Place ($10,000) and Second Place ($5,000) prizes will be awarded in two categories, best empirically based idea and most creative idea.

Strategies to Strengthen Fairness and Impartiality in Peer Review:
Contestants are asked to submit ideas for reviewer training methods aimed at enhancing fairness and impartiality in NIH peer review. The submission does not require full development of training materials. However, ideas should be provided in sufficient detail to assess their ability to address fairness and impartiality in review with regards to gender, race/ethnicity, institutional affiliation, area of science, and amount of research experience. First Place ($10,000) and Second Place ($5,000) prizes will be awarded for the best overall idea. The contest closes June 30, 2014 and winners will be announced September 2, 2014. 

Details regarding the rules and submission procedures for these two Challenges can be found on the CSR Challenge website or at www.challenge.gov. We appreciate your assistance in sharing this announcement with your colleagues. 

Thank you, 

Members of the Subcommittee on Peer Review
Richard Nakamura, Ph.D., Co-Chair 
Joan Y. Reede, MD, MPH, MS, MBA
Co-Chair Dana Y. Takagi, Ph.D.
Co-Chair John F. Dovidio, Ph.D. 
Gordon B. Moskowitz, Ph.D. 
Valerie Reyna, Ph.D. 
Jenessa Shapiro, Ph.D. 
Oscar Ybarra, Ph.D.

Center for Scientific Review National Institutes of Health 
Email: CSRDiversityPeerRev@mail.nih.gov

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