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External Review Program

This joint program offered by the Office of Research and the CTSI provides an external review for R01-level grants.

In conjunction with the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI), the Office of Research is pleased to continue offering external review of applications for R01 level grants (from NIH or other major funders) prior to submission. CTSI membership is not required for this program, and investigators in all areas of research - basic science, clinical, population science - are encouraged to participate. Assurance that the application has been internally reviewed and is supported by the investigator's Department Chair is required.

The program will make arrangements to provide a full NIH style review by an outside reviewer, ideally an individual with recent study section experience in the relevant area. The reviews will be officially solicited by Elizabeth Jacobs, MD, MCW Associate Dean. An honorarium of $750 per proposal will be made available to external reviewers for a timely return of the review.

Interested faculty should contact Lynne Prost or Dr. Jacobs for an application form to request this service. This form requires a commitment from the PI to have a complete draft of the grant application ready by the date indicated in the table below, including the following information for the selected external reviewers:

  • Introduction and summary statement from the previous review (if applicable)
  • Specific aims
  • Research plan
  • Biosketches for key personnel
  • Budget and budget justification
  • Environment sections in electronic format

Reviews will be solicited in a timely manner, allotting the PI a minimum of 3 weeks to make modifications based on reviewer comments in advance of the deadline for submission to MCW's Grants and Contracts Office for sponsor submission.

For more information, contact Lynne Prost or Dr. Jacobs.


Key dates for the external review program are provided in the table below:

Application Form Deadline Full Application Deadline Reviewer Comments Returned to PI Appropriate for targeting NIH R01 deadlines*
March 25 April 8 May 8 June 5
April 24 May 8 June 7 July 5
July 24 August 7 September 6 October 5
August 26 September 9 October 7 November 5
November 23 December 6 January 8, 2020 February 5, 2020
December 23 January 10, 2020 February 7, 2020 March 5, 2020

*Note: grant applications must be submitted to the MCW Grants & Contracts Office (GCO) 5 business days prior to sponsor deadlines.


For a current listing of upcoming sponsor deadlines and GCO due dates, please visit Standard Grant Application Due Dates (intranet access required).