What Is Expected of a PCORI Reviewer?
All reviewers will:
- Understand and apply PCORI’s mission, and review criteria, which differ somewhat from those of other funding institutions.
- Review respective Reviewer Training Manual and attend Reviewer Training webinar/town hall. Seek help from PCORI if you have a question or concern.
- Identify conflicts of interest following PCORI guidelines.
- Read, review, and prepare a written critique for all assigned applications. Reviewers can expect to review approximately 4-6 applications per cycle.
- Represent the perspective of a broad or targeted group of scientists, patients, caregivers, or other stakeholders.
- Provide scores and written critiques electronically by the established Merit Review deadlines.
- Read additional application abstracts to prepare for an informed discussion during the in-person panel meeting.
- Participate in a one- or two-day merit review panel meeting; in-person attendance is required for all reviewers. If specific circumstances, such as a disability, limit a reviewer’s ability to participate at the in-person meeting, PCORI will make needed accommodations.
- Provide feedback to PCORI in follow-up surveys and occasional focus groups.
Compensation Information: New PCORI reviewers for Broad PFAs will receive $50 for each application reviewed and PCORI Reviewers (returning) will receive $75 for each application reviewed. Reviewers for PCS and Targeted applications will receive $100 for each application reviewed whether they are new or returning. All new and PCORI Reviewers will receive a $200 stipend for each day of the in-person Merit Review. All travel and lodging will be coordinated by PCORI. If meals and ground transportation are not provided, PCORI will provide reasonable reimbursement. More information about compensation and travel policies can be found here.