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. 

Please let us know if you apply to serve on any grant proposal review committees and if you are selected to review proposals!

Most federal agencies rely heavily on faculty and scholars to review and advise them on which proposals should be funded.  Agencies are always seeking to enrich their rosters of potential review panelists, and many federal agencies now provide information on-line about how to become a review panelist.   

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. 

The National Science Foundation

  • Learn about the benefits of becoming a grant reviewer for NSF on this webpage. This page also includes information on how to find an NSF program contact.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

  • This webpage includes the steps to take to sign up for the USDA’s peer review program.

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education

  • This websites includes a link to learn more about their grant programs and to register to become a grant reviewer.

The National Endowment for the Humanities

  • The page includes a link (near the center of the page) to sign up for the PRISM peer review system.

The Human Resources and Services Administration

  • Located under the “Apply Now” section, this webpage includes a link to register to become a grant HRSA reviewer.

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

  • This webpage lists the qualifications to become a SAMHSA grant reviewer. Also includes a link to download their online application.

Institute for Museum and Library Services

  • This webpage includes a link to learn about this organization’s programs, a link to review their handbook, and a link to submit your application.

Additional Resources

How to Become a Grant Reviewer

NSF Grant Reviewer Tells All

Participating in a Peer Review?

The Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center at Northern Illinois University has developed a Quick Guide to promote education and training in the responsible conduct of research. It is intended to provide self-paced learning for researchers participating in the peer review of research proposals and scientific articles submitted for publication.  

The objectives of the guide are to increase awareness of common mistakes and dilemmas that peer reviewers can face and offer strategies for providing constructive criticism to the authors of these works. The Quick Guide is not meant to be a comprehensive resource on peer review but is intended only to be a supplementary resource for self-paced learning.