CTSA External Reviewer Exchange Program (CEREC)
CEREC leverages the resources and knowledge base of 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.
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.