Scientific Review Branch

The Scientific Review Branch coordinates the initial scientific peer review of applications for all center research grants, small research grants, research conference grants, institutional training grants, short-term training grants and fellowship grants, Physician Scientist Awards for Dentists, Dentist Scientist Awards, Requests for Applications issued by the Institute, certain investigator-initiated clinical trials, cooperative agreements, and all proposals for research and development contracts. The NIDCR-directed reviews are carried out by the NIDCR Special Grants Review Committee, a chartered scientific initial review group, which can be supplemented by ad hoc consultants as well as by peer review groups (Special Emphasis Panels) convened especially for certain categories of applications and proposals. The Scientific Review Branch coordinates, conducts and monitors project site visits, applicant interviews and all other aspects of the peer review process.