Peer Review Services

Overview
Services Offered
Peer Review Observer
Contact Information

Overview

The NSHRF is committed to helping improve health research outcomes by developing and supporting a vibrant and sustainable health research community. A key component of accomplishing this mission is awarding research funds based on scientific excellence determined by a rigorous scientific review process. Since the NSHRF was established, a scientific review process has been put in place, which was adopted from the original national peer review process and guidelines.   

The NSHRF has been hosting successful peer review sessions for 15 years. Our review sessions can provide the scientific rigor that is ideal when funding research projects and programs. The peer review process is intended to provide a mechanism of self-regulation within a field or an institution in order to assure that standards of quality are met, demonstrate credibility, and encourage improvement. Peer review may also be applied to a product of scholarship (e.g., manuscript, book, creative work, or performance), other scholarly activities such as grant proposals, conference abstracts, and ethics review submissions, and scholars and their bodies of work (e.g., for awards, hiring, annual review, and promotion and tenure). Peer review may also apply to programs and organizations (e.g., accreditation).[1]

Services Offered

Organizational Support

Peer Review Services offers organizational support for the development and management of in-depth peer review for organizations and agencies looking for quality peer review. The NSHRF can provide this  support in various capacities for numerous stakeholders to meet different review needs. We will work with agencies on a cost recovery basis to establish new or strengthen existing peer review processes as well as offer advice and support in the creation or strengthening of research grant administration procedures.

Online Grants Management System

In addition to a long history of hosting peer review sessions, the NSHRF has also developed a user- friendly online Grants Management System (GMS) that is capable of accepting various types of applications and provides capability for online expert reviews and scoring.  Applications and review processes can be adapted to accommodate various types of review session needs. 

Peer Review Observer

The purpose of Peer Review Observer is to provide the opportunity for researchers and for those with an interest in health research to learn about the peer review process through first-hand observation of NSHRF Peer Review Committees during their deliberations. For more information on how to participate, click here

Contact Information 

If you would like to learn more about how NSHRF Peer Review Services can support your organization please contact Director, Programs.


[1] Gelmon, S.B, Jordan, C.M, & Selfer, S.D. (2013). Rethinking Peer Review: Expanding the Boundaries for Community-Engaged Scholarship. International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, 1(1), 1-10.