Opportunities to Become a Peer Reviewer

Serving as a grant proposal review panelist is an excellent way to learn about the grant process, become familiar with a particular grant program and/or funding agency, learn about innovations in your area of interest, and network with colleagues and funding agency representatives in your field. Review panel service is one of the single best ways to prepare yourself to develop a grant proposal.

Syracuse University Peer Review

Interested in serving as a peer reviewer for Syracuse University’s intramural grant programs? Email vpr@syr.edu. Note, reviewers are not eligible to serve as PI on an application to the same program cycle.

Federal Agency Peer Review

Many federal agencies rely heavily on volunteers from the academic community to provide expertise and impartiality to their review process. If you are interested in review panel service, click on the links below for additional information and instructions on how you can become a review panelist.

Administration for Children and Families (ACF)

Administration for Community Living (ACL)

Department of Education

Department of Energy

Department of Justice

Employment and Training Administration (ETA)

Health Resources & Service Administration (HRSA)

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

For more information about specific opportunities, download the March 2024 Ops Watch document provided by the Office of Government Relations.

Educational Resources on Opportunities for Peer Review

NIH Peer Review: “Live” Mock Study Section with Q&A
Presented at 2021 NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding & Grants Administration
November 2, 2021

NSF Grant Reviewer Tells All
By Pamela L. Member
Science, April 11, 2003

How to Become a Grant Reviewer
By Karen M. Markin
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 2, 2008

Why I Became a Grant Reviewer
By Katharine E. Stewart
The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 21, 2013