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NIH's Early Career Reviewer (ECR) Program

What is NIH's Early Career Reviewer (ECR) Program

Thinking about becoming an Early Career Reviewer (ECR)? By joining the National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review's Early Career Reviewer Program you can learn from the experiences of ECRs who have served on NIH Peer Review study sections.


Who is eligible?

To qualify for the ECR Program you must:

  • Have 2 years experience as a full-time faculty member or researcher in a similar role. Post-Doctoral Fellows are not eligible, but may become eligible following completion of their training
  • Show evidence of an active independent program of research. Some examples might include:
    • Publications & presentations from independent research projects
    • Institutional research support
    • Patents
    • Supervisor of student project
  • Have at least 2 recent senior authored research publications in peer-reviewed journals in the last 2 years
    • In press publications are considered
    • Senior author could be single author, corresponding author, first author or last author position
    • Literature reviews or letters to the editor are not included
    • Manuscript in preparation or under review are not considered
  • Have not served on a CSR study section in a role other than a mail reviewer or ARRA reviewer
    • Review committee service at other agencies is permitted
    • Review committee service at NIH Institutions and Centers other than CSR is permitted
    • Mail reviews include review of one or more applications without participation in a study section meeting
  • Current funding is not required. Conversely, anyone who has received an R01 award is over-qualified to serve as an ECR and could be considered as a temporary reviewer.

How Do I Apply?

To apply please visit the EVAS - The Early Career Reviewer Program Application and Vetting System.

Who should I contact for more information?

For additional questions about the ECR program, please send an email to and/or visit the CTSI-CN Faculty and Staff Directory and select the "KL2" service area to find the person(s) responsible for this resource.

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