Internet Assisted Review (IAR)

What is the purpose?  

The Internet Assisted Review (IAR) module is a web-based system used in tandem with the Peer Review module to expedite the scientific review of grant applications. It provides a standard process for reviewers to submit critiques, preliminary scores and final scores and to view grant applications and related meeting materials via the eRA Commons. The IAR module is used during the pre-award phase of the grant application process. IAR allows one-click email capability between the scientific review officer and reviewer.

What are the features?

  • Allows reviewers to submit critiques and preliminary scores for their assigned applications
  • Allows reviewers to read other reviewer's critiques on the same applications (if not in conflict)
  • Allows reviewers, at the review administrator's discretion, to submit updated critiques or critiques for unassigned applications (score submission is not permitted for unassigned reviewers)

In addition, IAR allows scientific review officers and their assistants to:

  • manage meetings and enable reviewers' secure IAR access through the Control Center
  • initiate eRA Commons registration for reviewers
  • set and modify deadlines for critique submission
  • provide reviewers access to meeting-specific materials (grant applications, prior summary statements and appendices, if not in conflict) via electronic files or links to other websites
  • allow potential reviewers, through an optional phase called Recruitment Phase, to view a list of involved personnel for each grant application in a review meeting and to self-identify any conflict of interest before being selected to be reviewers.
  • submit and/or modify critique/priority score
  • facilitate streamlined voting
  • block specific reviewers from reading critiques from other reviewers until they submit their own
  • generate a preliminary report of upper and lower scores
  • download preliminary summary statements generated from critiques

What are the benefits?

The benefits include:

  • standardized process for reviewers to submit critiques and scores and view grant applications and related meeting materials
  • critiques and scores submitted in advance of scheduled meeting, allowing for more informed discussions at review meeting
  • enabled cost savings from hosting virtual meetings
  • in circumstances where reviewers cannot gather physically for the meeting, saved the day by providing the capability for holding the review meeting online