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Grant Proposal Review

The Jefferson Committee on Research (JCOR) has developed a process whereby Jefferson faculty members can have their NIH grant application (R01, R21, R03, etc.) undergo a “mock” review process prior to its submission to the NIH.  The reviews are performed by senior scientists from within Jefferson.  The purpose is to optimize the application that is submitted to the NIH by providing applicants with feedback with respect to copyediting and document formatting, strategy, and substantive science issues.  This Program will be available to those who can submit their grant application at least four weeks prior to the NIH submission deadline.  The program recognizes that grants submitted to the internal review process may not be highly polished, but should be sufficiently complete to permit helpful feedback. A two- step process is suggested whereby:

  1. A preliminary draft of the Project Description, Specific Aims, and Significance/Innovation is submitted eight weeks prior to the submission deadline, and; 
  2. A more polished and complete version of the grant, including Biosketches and Budget, is submitted four weeks prior to the submission deadline.

In addition, the program also offers planning and development support for grants in the early stages of development, based on the belief that long term planning for grants will lead to optimal employment of resources, both physical and intellectual, and will help identify grant goals that are of sufficient impact to merit funding.

Drs. Sue Menko and Raymond Penn co-direct the program.  Dr. Michael Kane, Science Writer in RACE, administers the program.  To take advantage of this opportunity, please contact us at

To guide us in providing you with optimal feedback on your grant, please download and complete the application form for the Internal Grant Mentoring Program  here.