NIH Study Section Reviewers

Scientific Society Nominations for NIH Study Section Reviewers

The Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS), a signature initiative of the American Academy of Nursing (Academy), encourages CANS nurse scientist members to apply to serve as National Institutes of Health (NIH) Study Section Reviewers. The Academy has been recognized by NIH as a scientific society to submit reviewer recommendations via their online portal.

As noted on the NIH website, “Reviewers are seen as experts, with integrity, in their field. They should have an active research program, extramural funding, and not currently be a standing member of an NIH study section or advisory council. Productive scientists from diverse backgrounds and career stages – e.g., assistant, associate, and full professors are encouraged to apply. Early career scientists without substantial NIH funding should apply directly to the Early Career Reviewer Program  for review experience.

CANS will offer two application cycles, one in the spring and one in the fall, which will allow interested individuals to submit their applications throughout the year. The Spring 2022 application deadline is March 31, 2022. The CANS Science Committee will review applications and identify which applicants should be nominated as an NIH Study Section Reviewer using the NIH’s Center for Scientific Reviewer guidelines.

An applicant must be a CANS member in good standing, having paid membership dues for the current year.

When filling out the application, please submit responses in a tense suitable for final copy (i.e. third person). Applicants will be informed via email within eight weeks following the application deadline as to whether or not their application will be submitted to NIH for its consideration. At this time, the CANS Science Committee will not be providing feedback to applicants. Questions regarding NIH’s timeline for notifying applicants should be sent directly to NIH. Please note that an applicant’s nomination to NIH does not guarantee acceptance.

If you have any questions, please contact the Academy’s Program Manager, Harper Garfinkle, at [email protected].