O-K Review Mock Study Sections

For Department of Medicine Applicants

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Overview

The O-K Review mock study section offers investigators a critical review with constructive feedback of certain NIH grant applications before submission. The O-K Review team focuses on K awards, and we also accept F, R01 and R21 applications from first-time submitters. This process was established by the San Diego Center for AIDS Research (SD CFAR) for HIV/AIDS applications, and has been extended to Department of Medicine applicants for topics outside of this focus area. Those who submit applications for review are asked to evaluate those from other submitters. In this way, applicants experience the review process from both sides. 

We hope the mock study section reviews and networking connections will have an impact lasting well beyond the NIH due dates. And better yet: the reviews are free, and refreshments are provided during the in-person meetings!


UC San Diego Department of Medicine Applicants

Faculty and postdocs from the UC San Diego Department of Medicine are invited to participate in the O-K Review process. Interested applicants must meet criteria listed above, however applications may be on any topic covered by the Department of Medicine. Department of Medicine O-K Review participants should choose the cycle that best meets their application deadlines. Please email cfar@ucsd.edu.with questions.


Required Documents

Department of Medicine-related Applications


 

Timeline for Upcoming Review Cycles

October 2022 NIH Submission Cycle
Date Action

Wednesday, Aug 3, 2022

Specific aims of the proposed application (with the SD CFAR cover sheet) should be submitted to cfar@ucsd.edu no later than this date. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Wednesday, Aug 17, 2022

Applications submitted for review. Email to by 5:00 pm PT.

Wednesday, Sept 7, 2022

Zoom O-K Review panel, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. 

NOTE: All applicants are expected to be present at this meeting and should hold this entire time block.

Wednesday, Oct 5, 2022

Applications due at NIH. This timeline is based on standard Medicine application deadlines, your application may have a different deadline. Applicants are responsible for verifying due dates with NIH.

 

February 2023 NIH Submission Cycle
Date Action

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Specific aims of the proposed application (with the CFAR cover sheet) should be submitted to cfar@ucsd.edu no later than this date, but may be submitted earlier for internal review by the O-K Review Team Co-Chairs.

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Applications submitted for review. Email to by 5:00 pm PT.

TBD, estimated Jan 5 - 12, 2023

Zoom O-K Review panel, TIME TBD

NOTE: All applicants are expected to be present at this meeting and should hold this entire time block.

Monday, Feb 7, 2023

Applications due at NIH (standard deadline of February 5 falls on a weekend day). This timeline is based on standard Medicine application deadlines, your application may have a different deadline. Applicants are responsible for verifying due dates with NIH.


Applicants

Please visit the O-K Review webpage for details about the process. As part of the review and learning process, you will be asked to serve as a reviewer for one of the other submitted applications. As noted above, all applicants are expected to attend and participate in the Zoom or in-person review panels. If you are unable to do so, you will receive a limited review only. Additionally, if partial documents are submitted, there will be a limited review only. 

It is important for SD CFAR to know the outcome of investigator’s participation in the O-K Review process. It is a key indicator used to document value-added as well as to justify resources allocated to the O-K Review. If you have participated in the O-K Review in the past, you must have provided NIH funding outcome information for prior applications to the Administrative Core (cfar@ucsd.edu) to be eligible to participate.

1. Have all of the major, mandatory science sections been fully drafted?

K Applications:
CFAR Cover Sheet
Candidate Background 
Career Goals and Objectives
Aims
Research Plan 
List of mentors 
Applicant Biosketch 
Mentor Biosketch;
Proposal has undergone at least one round of review and revision with mentor;
Proposal meets NIH formatting requirements and page limits

R Applications:
CFAR Cover sheet
Aims
Research Strategy
Candidate Biosketch
Proposal has undergone at least one round of review and revision with co-investigators
Proposal meets NIH formatting requirements and page limits

2. If this is a K-series grant, have you already undergone at least one round of review and revisions with your mentors?

3. If this is an R-series grant, have you already undergone at least one round of review and revisions with your Co-Investigators?

4. Does your application meet NIH formatting requirements and page limits?

If you've answered "yes" to all of the above applicable questions, then your application is eligible for OK review. If you’ve answered “no” to any of the questions, you will only qualify for a limited review only.

If partial documents are submitted, there will be a limited review.

If applicants are unable to attend the Zoom or in-person review panel, there will be a limited review.

As part of the review and learning process, you will be asked to serve as a reviewer for one of the other submitted applications.

If you have any comments or questions, please email us at cfar@ucsd.edu


Potential Reviewers

If you are interested in participating as a reviewer one or more of the above mock study sections, please email cfar@ucsd.edu.

 

Past O-K Review Cycles: May 2022
Date Action

Monday, March 14, 2022

Specific aims of the proposed application (with the SD CFAR cover sheet) should be submitted to cfar@ucsd.edu no later than this date, but may be submitted earlier for internal review by the O-K Review Team Co-Chairs.

Monday, March 28, 2022

Applications submitted for review. Email to by 5:00 pm PT.

Friday, April 8, 2022

HIV/AIDS Applications O-K Review panel, 1:00 – 4:00 pm via Zoom

NOTE: All applicants are expected to be present at this meeting.

Friday, April 15, 2022

Department of Medicine O-K Review panel #1, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm via Zoom. Please note, assigned panel date will depend on topic. Assigned panel date will be confirmed upon receipt of application.

NOTE: All applicants are expected to be present during their review panel.

Friday, April 22, 2022

Department of Medicine O-K Review panel #2, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm via Zoom. Please note, assigned panel date will depend on topic. Assigned panel date will be confirmed upon receipt of application.

NOTE: All applicants are expected to be present during their review panel.

Monday, May 9, 2022

HIV/AIDS Applications due at NIH (standard deadline of May 7 falls on a weekend day)

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