Improving K, R, and F series grant submissions since 2014

The ICTS hosts NIH Mock Study Sections, designed to simulate an actual NIH study section, through the Research Development Program. These review sessions for clinical and translational R, K, and F series grant applications are held twice annually, in April and December. The purpose of this program is to increase the likelihood of grant funding success by providing comprehensive, study section-like feedback to applicants on their complete grant application prior to grant submission.

Winter Cycle:

DATE: December 4, 2019

TIME: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

LOCATION: Parkview Tower, 1st floor Conference Room D

In the MSS, designated co-chairs manage the discussion and three faculty reviewers discuss their feedback on the individual grant application. Initial scores are given prior to the discussion, and final scores are given after the panel discussion is complete in accordance with the NIH or other funding agency scoring procedures. The entire review committee scores each individual application; written feedback is assembled as a Summary Statement and released to applicants prior to the NIH grant deadline. This unique experience helps applicants better understand how their grant applications are reviewed by the NIH, which ultimately boosts the quality of grant submissions.

To date, over 40% of participants that have submitted their applications to the NIH have been funded.

Observers are encouraged to attend the Mock Study Section to get a better understanding of the review process and to gain insight into how reviewers evaluate applications. Contact if you wish to attend a MSS as an observer.

Service Eligibility

The NIH Mock Study Section is available to all ICTS members regardless of career stage or partner affiliation.
Register Now » if you are not an ICTS member.

Request Review

Complete the Letter of Intent material to request review in the Mock Study Section. The deadline for submission of LOI for the Winter Cycle is September 30, 2019 (5 PM CT) The MSS Program Committee will determine eligibility and fit within the scope of the MSS review. Applicants will be informed on or before October 4, 2019 of outcome (rolling review). If accepted, the applicant will receive a link to submit their single pdf grant. Submit the LOI early and concentrate on drafting the grant. For questions, contact

Submit Grant Materials

The deadline for submission of grant materials for review by the MSS in the Winter Cycle is November 4, 2019 (5 PM CST).

All grant materials must be submitted with the provided link by this deadline. Contact with questions.

These new Mandatory Requirements now reflect our definition of clinical and translational science (CTS) and clarifies that the ICTS NIH MSS will review this type of application. Pre-clinical and basic research will not be reviewed by this mechanism.

Contact Information

Betsy Keath, PhD

Jennifer Harlow
Project Manager