NIH Press Release
Office of the Director, NIH

Thursday, July 29, 1999
4:30 p.m. EST
Contact: Marc Stern
(301) 496-2535

Boundaries Panel Invites Comments Before Completing Phase 1 Report

The Panel on Scientific Boundaries for Review is inviting comments on its phase 1 draft report. The Panel is conducting a comprehensive examination of the organization and function of the review process managed by NIH's Center for Scientific Review (CSR).

The draft report presents a set of proposed Integrated Review Groups (IRGs, clusters of scientifically related study sections) that serve as the functional units of review in CSR, some cultural norms they believe are needed to make the system operate optimally, and the procedures and principles to be followed in phase 2, when the study sections that populate the IRGs will be created.

The draft report is posted at A summary is published in the Policy Forum of Science (cover date: 30 July 1999). Dr. Bruce Alberts is chair of the panel, an ad hoc working group of the CSR Advisory Committee. Names and affiliations of the panel are also available at