ALL Principal Investigator(s) who are employed by Lurie Children’s and its affiliated practice plans (e.g., Pediatric Faculty Foundation—PFF, Children’s Surgical Foundation—CSF, and Lurie Children’s Medical Group) whether the research is conducted at Lurie Children’s or Northwestern University.
Does this apply to:
PIs in the Pediatric Department who conduct work in IPHAM? YES
PIs in the Surgery Department who conduct outcomes research? YES
PIs who utilized NU’s Office of Sponsored Research for submissions? YES
ALL Prime PI grant submissions to any Federal agency—NIH, DHHS, CDC, NSF, AHRQ, DoD, HRSA, etc.
SBIR STTR, PCORI applications are not applicable, as are non-Federal proposals. If you are unsure, contact the Scientific Peer Review Administrator.
Does this apply to certain types of training grants?
No, a review is not required for a LOI. In addition, if the time span between approval of your LOI and the final submission due date is less than 10 weeks, you qualify for a waiver. (See below for additional waiver information)
Yes, but it is not mandatory. The PI should follow all of the other procedures for a Federal grant submission process outlined in the FAQ immediately below.
At 10 WEEKS prior to submission:
PI, Department, Division, Neighborhood within SQBRC - if applicable
Additional person’s email - optional
Draft Abstract or Specific Aims
Research Topic - one sentence
Intended funding agency
Intended funding agency submission deadline
Earlier target deadline - if applicable
Funding opportunity announcement (FOA) title and/or link
Indicate if this is a grant resubmission
Mentor(s) name and home institution - required for mentored proposals only
Three (3) recommended reviewers
Not recommended reviewers- optional
Names of other Lurie Children's or Northwestern University collaborators - optional
At 7 weeks prior to submission:
Research strategy/research Plan
Federal reviewer's critiques - required only for resubmission
Introduction to application/response to reviewer critiques - required only for resubmission
Multiple PI leadership plan – required only for MPI proposals
Career development plan – required only for K awards
Other relevant documents – The PI may optionally include other relevant grant documents (e.g., clinical trial safety plan, human subjects, etc.).
The PI should provide a penultimate draft. This means a relatively final form with no or very few blank spaces. Additional edits can be made, including changes that result from reviewer comments, before the final submission to the granting body.
The Scientific Peer Review Request would be considered incomplete and the Scientific Peer Review will not occur. This will result in the PI not being able to submit their grant in the current grant cycle.
The Scientific Peer Review is simply advisory and a rebuttal is not necessary. The PI does not have to make the recommended changes. It is hoped, however, that the reviewers' comments will be strongly considered before the final submission is sent.
The Scientific Peer Review Request would be considered late and therefore the Scientific Peer Review will not occur. This will result in the PI not being able to submit their grant in the current grant cycle.
Yes, the PI may submit the Scientific Peer Review Request form earlier than 10 weeks prior to the grant submission date. If the PI would like an earlier review (to receive the review more than 3 weeks prior to the grant submission date), they must indicate the target date, as opposed to the federal deadline, in the SPR form, with the understanding that the target date must be at least 10 weeks from the point of form submission.
The Scientific Peer Review Request would be considered late and will go to ACRO for a late waiver, after prompted by the PI (see Scientific Peer Review Exemption and Waiver Policy). If the waiver is rejected, the peer review will not occur and the PI will not be able to submit their grant in the current grant cycle.
Reviewers must be internal to either Lurie Children’s or Northwestern University.
PIs who have had Federal funding in the last three (3) years are preferred.
PIs who have served on NIH or other Federal level grant review panels are preferred.
Only one (1) reviewer will provide feedback for each project.
The reviews will be anonymous unless the reviewer agrees not to be anonymous.
If the reviewer does not want to remain anonymous, and the PI and/or reviewer would like to further communicate regarding the review, the Scientific Peer Review Administrator will mediate this interaction, if both parties agree.