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NIH's Early Career Reviewer (ECR) Program

Thinking about becoming an Early Career Reviewer? Listen to the experiences of ECRs who have served on NIH Peer Review study sections.

Early Career Reviewer (ECR) Program 


Do I Qualify?

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: EVAS - The Early Career Reviewer Program Application and Vetting System

Who Should I Contact to Ask Additional Questions?

For additional questions about the ECR program, please send an email to