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CTSI Peer Grant Review Program: Now Accepting Research Proposals for Pre-Submission Peer Review

The Utah Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is now accepting research proposals for pre-submission peer review. The program accepts proposals from investigators conducting research at any point along the translational science spectrum aiming to improve the health of individuals and the public. Please limit one proposal submission per investigator to the PGR. NIH review criteria will be used to score each submission. Formal reviews will be returned to the investigator May 3, 2023.


Rigorous grant review prior to the submission of a proposal to a funding agency is an essential component of successful applications. The goal of the CTSI Peer Grant Review program is to provide useful pre-submission feedback regarding the proposal’s strengths and weaknesses in order to aid the investigator in submitting the strongest application possible. Each research proposal will receive a thorough and impartial review by at least one reviewer. Proposals will be scored independently using the NIH review criteria. Investigators will be provided reviews by May 3rd 2023, allowing for adequate time to incorporate reviewer comments into their final agency submission.


All investigators conducting research at any point along the research spectrum are eligible to submit their research proposal for pre-submission peer review. At minimum, investigators must submit their NIH Biographical Sketch, Specific Aims, Research Strategy, and Bibliography & References Cited. For enhanced feedback for the overall proposal, it is highly advisable to also include ancillary items as outlined in the following guidance checklists. Additionally, if the proposal is for a career development award, the investigator is required to submit the Candidate Sections (see Career Development Guidance Checklist). The program particularly welcomes proposals that investigators previously submitted to a funding agency, reviewed but not awarded, and are being prepared for resubmission. Resubmission applications must include any agency reviews (i.e., “pink sheets,” summary statement, etc.).

Submission Requirements

Investigators are required, via email, to submit a) the completed CTSI Peer Grant Review Face Page form (click here); b) their NIH Biographical Sketch, Specific Aims, Research Strategy, and Bibliography & References Cited as word documents; and c) any other appropriate ancillary documents as a single PDF (see Guidance Checklists on our website) to Lyalya Sultanova no later than 5:00 pm on Monday, April 3, 2023.

If you have additional questions that the included guidance checklist does not answer, please contact Lyalya Sultanova.

For further details about the Utah CTSI Peer Grant Review Program, please click here.