Center for Scientific Review
With nation-wide responsibility for improving the health and well-being of all Americans, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) oversees the biomedical research programs of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and those of NIH's research Institutes and Centers (ICs). As the world's largest medical research facility, NIH consists of 27 ICs including the Clinical Center (an on-site research hospital). NIH's national program of health research and research training has a FY 2011 budget of $31.987 billion. NIH has over 18,000 employees.
NIH is seeking exceptional candidates for the challenging position of Director, Center for Scientific Review (CSR). CSR, with approximately 450 employees and a FY'12 budget of $107 million, is the focal point at NIH for the conduct of peer review of research grants and fellowship applications; assigns all NIH grant applications to the appropriate Institutes or Centers for consideration for funding and also to the scientific review groups within CSR or other institutes or centers for review; provides scientific merit review of most research grant and fellowship applications submitted to NIH; provides staff support to the Office of the Director, NIH, in the formulation of grant and award policies and procedures; and, assists other NIH components in providing information on the NIH peer review systems and information about the research grant and fellowship application process and procedures to the scientific community, Congress, other NIH staff, and the general public. The primary goal is to see that NIH applications receive fair, independent, expert and timely reviews, free from inappropriate influences, so that NIH can fund the most promising research.
Specifically, the Director serves as a principal advisor to the Director, NIH, and participates in discussions relative to the development of major policy decisions affecting the research grant and review programs and provides advice and consultation to NIH components, advisory councils and grantee institutions; directs the search for the most qualified and representative individuals to serve as members of initial review groups; and, assures that effective administrative procedures are established so that program operations and obligations of government funds and other resources are rendered consistent with statutory and regulatory requirements and within limitations imposed by DHHS and Executive Branch policies. The Director also works closely with the Peer Review Oversight Group and the Deputy Director for Extramural Research, to assess broad policy issues related to the scientific review of research grants, ensuring smooth interface between program goals of NIH's Institutes and Centers and CSR review policies and procedures.