Grants: 15 Agencies Seeking Grant Reviewers

Would you like to increase your chances of getting funded by 30%? That’s what the research says will happen if you first become a federal grant reviewer, then rotate off the review panel and submit your proposal to that grant program at the next funding cycle.

You can easily become a grant reviewer by tweaking your resume to match the priorities of the grantmaking agency and then applying online. Below you will find a list of 15 federal agencies currently seeking grant reviewers, along with a broad description of the type of expertise they seek.

Administration for Children and Family Services. Expertise: broad range of issues involve children, youth, and families

Administration on Developmental Disabilities. Expertise: developmental disabilities

Corporate for National and Community Service. Expertise: service at multiple levels

Department of Labor. Expertise: delivering workforce services

Health Resources and Services Administration. Expertise: health professions training, HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, organ transplantation, primary care for underserved people, rural health

Institute of Museum and Library Services. Expertise: museums, libraries

National Endowment for the Humanities. Expertise: One or more of the humanities fields

National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Expertise: Agricultural systems, biotechnology and genomics, food and nutrition and health

National Institutes of Health. Expertise: broad range of biomedical health topics

National Science Foundation. Expertise: a broad range of basic science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics

Office of Community Services and Office of Public Health and Science. Expertise: community services, public health

Office of Justice Programs. Expertise: broad range of law enforcement issues

Office of Post Secondary Education. Expertise: a broad range of information involving higher education

Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools. Expertise: alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention; character education; civic education; emergency management, disaster response, and school security; school-based mental health services; school-based health and wellness; and violence prevention

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. Expertise: substance abuse, mental health

This list addresses federal opportunities to review proposals as of April, 2012. This list changes often; the two useful search terms to explore other options are “grant panelist” and “peer reviewer” Opportunities also exist for state government agencies and private foundations. Typically, proposal reviewers are selected either on the basis of having received a prior grant from that agency or through a self-nomination process. Agencies are often looking for proposal reviewers. A NEH program officer told us recently they use approximately 10,000 reviewers annually to critic submitted proposals. When serving as a reviewer, you will learn many things to do – and not do – as you write your next proposal. Update your resume so it reflects the values of the grantmakers for which you wish to review, send it to the program officer following the instructions on their web sites. Finally, in your response to this blog, please post other grant opportunities that you know about.

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