Beginning with reviews of our August 2013 Cycle of PFAs, we will start to use standing panels to evaluate applications in our five national research priority areas. But as we move to this standing-panel model, we will continue to welcome applicants for additional reviewers—scientists, patients, and other stakeholders, including payers, employers, industry and health system representatives, clinicians, and policymakers—to serve on an ad hoc basis. Click here for more information.
We also will continue to need reviewers for the targeted PFAs we have started to release, such as the one seeking studies to improve asthma treatment in African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos.
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 (COI) 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 7-10 applications, depending on the number of applicants and the number of reviewers with specific expertise.
- 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. You will also need to read approximately 20 additional application abstracts prior to their discussion in your panel session.
- Provide scores and written critiques electronically.
- Provide feedback to PCORI in the form of follow-up surveys and via group interview
Standing Panelists will:
- Serve a two-year term, with an option for extension;
- Attend at least two review meetings per year during your service period, and no more than five review meetings over the two-year appointment period. Each meeting is one to two days in length.
- Update your reviewer profile to optimize matching of your expertise to research applications;
- Complete initial online training (2 hours) and in-person reviewer trainings (2 hours) prior to your first panel meeting as a Standing Panel member, and complete periodic refreshers;
- Review, critique, and score between five and ten applications per funding cycle;
- Identify and recuse yourself from reviewing any application for which a Conflict of Interest is identified;
- Provide feedback to PCORI in the form of follow-up surveys and via group interview.
Ad hoc reviewers receive $50 for each application they review. A stipend is provided for all reviewers for attending the in-person merit review ($200/day).
In recognition of the long-term commitment to PCORI’s merit review, Standing Panelists will be compensated $75 for each application reviewed. Standing Panelists will also receive a $200/day stipend for attending in-person meetings. Standing Panelists that have participated in four reviews within two years will receive an additional one-time $200 stipend.
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 applications and all bring a perspective that enhances the quality of the review.
|Qualification*||Patient and Other Stakeholder Reviewers||Scientific Reviewers|
|Representative roles||Patients, caregivers, clinicians, providers, purchasers, payers, industry, policymakers, and educational institution and advocacy group representatives||
Experience may also include:
|Interest||Interest in health and health care, familiarity with health care and science-related issues, or formal training in these areas.|
|Commitment||Dedication to making a contribution to healthcare research.|
Availability to participate in review meetings.**
*Ability to represent a patient perspective is the overriding criteria 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.