Peer-Review Program

interest submission formTo participate in the Peer-Review Program, the investigator must complete this form and:

  1. be an assistant professor, an early stage investigator seeking an R, K, or career development award, OR an applicant for a grant containing $500K or greater in total direct costs.
  2. identify five potential peer-reviewers on or off campus. OVPRGS will try to find three among the listed individuals who can provide a thorough review of the project. The investigator does not need to have known the reviewer previously. A peer-reviewer cannot be an investigator on the grant. We cannot guarantee that it will be possible to find three available reviewers. In the event of inadequate peer-review, the proposal will still be eligible for editing and consulting services. 
  3. contact the department chair with a completed application for grant assistance form. Applicants are encouraged to contact their department chair as soon as possible.
  4. provide a full proposal for review by the deadline specified below (inclusion of a draft budget is necessary).
  5. fill out a feedback survey on the review process after proposal is submitted.  
  6. provide a copy of all comments or critiques from funding agency following submission of proposal.

Each faculty enrolled in this program will have approximately three reviewers. The standard payment amount to peer-reviewers is $250.

The standard method for internal (MSU faculty) peer-reviewers is a money transfer from the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies to a departmental general fund account to be used at the peer-reviewer’s discretion.

The standard method for external (non-MSU people) peer-reviewers is a check payment from the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies.

Each unit has the option to choose a different payment amount for reviewers, and a different method of payment for internal reviewers that are providing peer-review for the unit’s faculty proposals. This must be communicated to the research dean. (Please note: If payment method is added to a faculty’s paycheck, taxes will be deducted.) 

Colleges will inform the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies if their units involved in the program choose to pay reviewers a special amount or in a special method for internal reviewers. If no payment amount and method is specified for a participating faculty’s unit, the faculty’s reviewers will be paid in the standard amount and method detailed above.

More about the cost share, including examples of the college share...

Please direct any further questions to RGS.review@campusad.msu.edu