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CERes Panel

colleagues enhancing research


What is CERes?

Colleagues Enhancing Research (CERes) is a peer review panel for faculty grant and doctoral student NRSA applications.

How do I submit my application?

Applications and sponsor request for application, if applicable, are to be submitted to the Office for Nursing Research (ONR) in Maloney Hall 228 no later than noon on the day submissions are due (see the schedule below). Please contact ONR if you plan to submit an application for review.

What happens in the meeting?

CERes is conducted like a review in an NIH study section. Your grant application is assigned to a first, second and third reviewer. The meeting begins with the feedback of the first reviewer followed by the second and third reviewer. During this time, the reviewers may engage in discussion on the proposal. This discussion is invaluable because you get an idea of the things that might come up during the review process and also get solutions to any issues. As the process mimics an external process, your role is as an observer. You benefit from listening to the discussion.

Tips for a Successful CERes Review

  • Have your grant proposal in the best shape possible for the review. If the reviewers get hung up on typos, grammar, and style they might miss nuances related to substance.
  • Remember, all feedback is related to the grant on a professional level and should not be taken personally.
  • If a reviewer doesn’t understand something or didn’t see something, then it wasn’t clear. Think of how you can revise the thought or add a sentence or two to clarify the point.
  • Take notes during the meeting on the feedback to your application.
  • Reviewers may not be unanimous in their feedback. Listen to all points of view and then make decisions based on what works best for your particular grant.


Upcoming Meeting and Deadline Schedule

Meeting Dates Time Due to ONR
  October 19, 2016    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   October 11, 2016
  November 16, 2016   9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   November 7, 2016
  December 14, 2016   9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   December 5, 2016
  January 18, 2017   9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   January 9, 2017
  February 15, 2017   9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   February 6, 2017
  March 15, 2017   9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   March 6, 2017
  April 12, 2017   9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   April 3, 2017
  May 17, 2017   9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   May 8, 2017
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