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CEREC leverages the resources and knowledge base of nine CTSA hubs* across the nation to enable the efficient exchange of reviewer expertise to support internal pilot funding programs.

Through collaboration, CEREC develops strategies that promote methodological excellence, scientific transparency and innovation while minimizing conflict of interest in the review process of applications for pilot funding opportunities.

*Our Consortium is made up of institutes supported by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) Clinical and Translational Science Awards competitively awarded to the medical schools/institutions of higher learning indicated below.

Our Consortium

Harvard Catalyst | The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center

Medical College of Wisconsin | Clinical & Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin

The Ohio State University | Center for Clinical and Translational Science

University of Alabama – Birmingham | Center for Clinical and Translational Science

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences | Translational Research Institute

University of California – Irvine | Institute for Clinical & Translational Science

University of Southern California | Clinical and Translational Science Institute

University of Washington | Institute of Translational Health Sciences

Virginia Commonwealth University | Center for Clinical and Translational Research

CTSA External Reviewer Exchange Consortium (CEREC)  was established in 2016 and is comprised of nine institutes to efficiently exchange reviewer expertise while minimizing conflicts of interest in the review process of grant applications. A publication was released on October 2, 2019 entitled: "The CTSA External Reviewer Exchange Consortium (CEREC): Engagement and Efficacy," with results from surveys of CTSA staff and expert reviewers indicating that the exchange model is highly productive (23 RFAs and 368 completed reviews) adding value for participating partners.

This work was supported by the following awards from the National Institutes of Health (NCATS): 5UL1TR001855-03 (USC); 5UL1TR001414-04 (UC Irvine); 3UL1TR001414-04S1 (Supplement); 1UL1TR002541-01 (Harvard Catalyst); 5UL1TR001417-04 (University of Alabama at Birmingham); 1U54TR001629-01 (University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences); 5UL1TR002319-02 (University of Washington); 1UL1TR002733-01 (The Ohio State University); 1UL1TR002649-01 (Virginia Commonwealth University); 5UL1TR001436-04 (Medical College of Wisconsin). The following individuals also contributed to the success of CEREC: Gary S. Gray, Angela Schmeckebier, Bonnie Berry, and Christine Zeller.

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NIH ACKNOWLEDGMENT: The project described was supported by the National Center for Research Resources and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health, through Grant UL1 TR001414. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.