According to the National Institute of Health, seventy percent of the major discoveries and Nobel Prizes in medicine and physiology are attributed to scientists in the United States. And most of these research efforts are funded by that agency.
Each year, the NIH assesses more than 80,000 grant applications. To show researchers and the public how staff members identify those with the most merit, the agency's Center for Scientific Review recently released two videos explaining how reviewers evaluate NIH grant applications.
The video above offers an inside look into the peer review process. A companion video titled NIH Tips for Applicants features NIH staff offering scientists advice on applying for grants.