We welcome applications from scientists, patients, and other stakeholders, including payers, employers, industry and health system representatives, clinicians, and policymakers to serve as reviewers. We rely on the diverse perspectives of our reviewers to identify high-quality, patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research. Click here for more information.
We also will continue to need reviewers with expertise for our targeted PCORI Funding Announcements (PFAs). PCORI has used targeted PFAs to seek applications to improve asthma treatment in African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos, to examine obesity primary care obesity treatment options for underserved populations, and to study the effectiveness of transitional care in different healthcare contexts. PCORI needs reviewers with a range of expertise to identify the best applications submitted in response to broad and targeted PFAs.
Please note that we primarily recruit reviewers who are U.S. residents (i.e., residents of the 48 contiguous states plus Alaska and Hawaii) as a way to effectively manage the costs of our Merit Review process.
If you live in North America (from Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands), you are welcome to apply. We may recruit you to serve during a review cycle if you have expertise that we do not currently have represented in our database of available, U.S.-based reviewers.
If you live outside of North America, we cannot accept your application. Thank you in advance for your understanding.
For questions or information on how to complete the Merit Reviewer Application, please reference the Merit Reviewer Portal Guide.
What Is Expected of a PCORI Reviewer?
All reviewers will:
- Understand and apply PCORI’s mission, vision, and review criteria, which differ somewhat from those of other funding institutions.
- Complete approximately two hours of required online reviewer training and seek help from PCORI if you have a question or concern. (Periodic training refreshers may be required when the review process or criteria are updated.)
- Identify conflicts of interest quickly and honestly.
- Agree to review all assigned applications for a single round of applications and to prepare a written critique of each application reviewed. Reviewers can expect to review approximately 6 applications per cycle.
- Participate in a one- or two-day peer-review panel meeting. In-person attendance is required unless specific circumstances, such as a disability that limits mobility, prevent travel. Reviewers will also need to read approximately 20 additional application abstracts prior to the in-person meeting, to facilitate an informed discussion in their panel session.
- Provide scores and written critiques electronically.
- Provide feedback to PCORI in the form of follow-up surveys and via group interview.
Compensation Information: New PCORI reviewers will receive $50 for each application they review and will receive a $200 stipend for each day of the in-person Merit Review. PCORI Reviewers (returning) will receive $75 for each application reviewed and a $200 stipend for each day of the in-person Merit Review. All travel and lodging will be coordinated by PCORI for the in-person meeting. If meals and ground transportation are not provided, PCORI will provide reasonable reimbursement. More information about travel policies can be found here.
What Does It Take to Become a Reviewer?
PCORI reviewers share a commitment to patient-centered research and an interest in helping PCORI fulfill its promise of “research done differently.” All reviewers, whether scientists, patients, or other stakeholders, are crucial to the review of PCORI funding (change to research) applications and all bring a perspective that enhances the quality of the review.
Patient and Other Stakeholder Reviewers
Patients, caregivers, clinicians, providers, purchasers, payers, industry, policy makers, researchers and educational institution and advocacy group representatives.
Experience may also include:
Interest in health and healthcare, familiarity with healthcare- and science-related issues, or formal training in these areas.
Dedication to making a contribution to healthcare research.
Availability to participate in review meetings.**
*Ability to represent a patient perspective is the overriding criterion governing selection of patient and caregiver reviewers.
**All reviewers should be mindful of the physical demands of the review process. PCORI will make needed accommodations whenever possible.
Posted: April 29, 2013; Updated: March 2, 2015