Job Description - Ad Hoc Reviewer

Updated:Oct 10,2011

Charge To support and assist the committee chairs in the review of career development and project support applications.

  • Ad Hoc Reviewers may be appointed on a temporary basis for a review meeting to participate fully in the peer review process.
  • Ad Hoc Reviewers may be invited for additional review meetings or cycles and may be subsequently appointed as regular members of a Peer Review Committee.
  • Ad Hoc Reviewers may constitute no more than one-third of the total committee roster at any one peer review meeting.
Equipment Requirements
For face-to-face meetings, a PC or Apple laptop with wireless internet access is required.


Time Commitment
  • Time commitment for critiques of application reviews and pre-meeting orientations.
  • If the review group is meeting face-to-face, 1 to 2.5 days may be requiredfor peer review meetings and travel time. Less time may be required for a web-based meeting, though members are expected to dedication a full day on the established meeting date.
  • Ad Hoc Reviewers should have a workload which does not exceed that for regular members, i.e., 9-12 written critiques per reviewer with 3 additional reader assignments. Workload may be lower for those Ad Hoc Reviewers without prior review experience, but should not be less that six written critiques with additional reader assignments.
  • Evaluate merit of assigned applications relative to the peer review criteria. 
  • Assign a preliminary score and prepare a written critique on the Grants@Heart (G@H) system which will be provided to applicants. The critique should be fair, objective, scholarly, and offer positive constructive criticism to the applicant.
  • Post all preliminary scores and critiques on the Grants@Heart website within the allotted timeframe.
  • During or following peer review meetings, modify critique as necessary, to reflect the discussion and recommended scoring at the meeting.
  • Minimum Assistant Professor career level or equivalent.
  • Nationally recognized competence in one or more fields of biomedical research.
  • Current or recent independent peer reviewed funding typically at the national level; or equivalent research funding for reviewers employed in industry or government.
  • Consistent record of peer reviewed publications within the past 5 years.
  • Knowledge of the AHA and commitment to its mission.
  • Mature judgment and objectivity.
  • Ability to work effectively in a group.
Method of Appointment
  • Ad Hoc Peer Reviewers can be nominated by; the study group chairperson; study group members; Research Committee members and self nominations through G@H.
  • Prior to appointment, the candidate’s credentials must be reviewed by the unified steering committee.

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