External Review of Proposals

Peer review is the cornerstone of an agency’s selection of meritorious proposals for funding. To enhance the competitiveness of research proposals for funding success, Research Development Services assists Principal Investigators (PIs) in obtaining external reviews of a proposal prior to submission, both through offering an honorarium for the reviewer, and making initial contact with reviewer at the PI request. This early peer-review allows the PI to identify potential weaknesses and remedy them prior to federal panel review and agency funding decisions.

The Principal Investigator should contact Research Development Services at least 6-8 weeks in advance of the application due date to identify potential reviewers and negotiate the contract.  Reviewers will be contracted to:

  1. Provide a written review of the proposal
  2. Be available for a telephone conversation with the PI to discuss their review 

PIs should be prepared to undertake extensive revisions that incorporate reviewer’s suggestions and meet Sponsored Project Services and external funding agency deadlines.

This program is available to principal investigators at all career stages. Priority is given to early-career investigators who have submitted a well-received pre-proposal and have been invited to submit a full proposal or PI’s who have been invited to re-submit a proposal that received strong reviews but was not funded.

Please contact Research Development Services (rds@uoregon.edu) for assistance.