NIH Study Sections

Alexander Berezin berezin at MCMAIL.CIS.MCMASTER.CA
Tue Jul 25 19:23:57 EST 1995

If you are to interview people who have "served" on grant
selection panels of NIH (or whatever similar funding agency)
question to ask, I believe, is:

   "Being a SECRET (anonymous) grant reviewer [ or an
   equally secret grant "selector", if a member of a panel ]
   AND a grant recipient FROM THE SAME FUNDING POOL, do you
   think that it constitutes an inherent conflict of interest
   (and if your grant is SYSTEMATICALLY above the average,
   should not it be qualified not just as a mere "conflict of
   interest", but an outright embezzlement of public funds) ?"

How many more LEGAL ACTIONS (like Henke vs NSF) it will take, to
make the record straight ?

Alex Berezin
Department of Engineering Physics,
McMaster University,
Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4L7    

On 25 Jul 1995, Robert Finn wrote:

> For an article in "The Scientist" on NIH study sections, I am interested in 
> interviewing scientists who have served on study sections within the last few 
> years and are willing to discuss their experiences, good and bad.
> I am also interested in interviewing people who have applied for NIH grants 
> and have comments or criticisms on the study section process.
> Please e-mail me at finn at if you think you may be interested in 
> being interviewed.  Please include a couple of sentences about your 
> experience, your phone number, and the best times to reach you within the next 
> few days.
> Thank you for your assistance.
> --
> Bob Finn
> Science Writer and Editor
> finn at

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