Maternal and Child Health Research Program

Advancing Applied MCH Research

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Phase 3: MCHB/HRSA Reviews Applications

Become a HRSA Grant Reviewer

HRSA Reviewers gain understanding of the grant-making process while enjoying the opportunity to network with colleagues. More information on becoming a grant reviewer.

The review takes 60-75 days from the application due date. Please note that this is a rough estimate.

  1. HRSA staff review the application to assure that the applicant met the grant deadline and grant application requirements.
  2. The grants office reviews the budgets and then forwards the applications to the Division of Independent Review (DIR).
  3. DIR and the MCHB program office are responsible for examining the application to determine that page limits have been followed, and that the applicant is eligible to apply.
  4. The DIR then convenes a panel of content experts to review and score all applications submitted in a given program area. The review panel might meet face-to-face or over the telephone.
  5. The panel develops a detailed summary review that outlines the strengths and weaknesses of each application according to the review criteria; and gives each grant a score.
  6. Scores are used to develop a list that ranks all applications submitted to the program area by their score.

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