RFCUNY’s Proposal Peer Review program helps to assess the quality of CUNY grant proposals. By identifying both weaknesses and strengths, as well as providing suggestions for improvement, a proposal’s competitiveness can be greatly enhanced before submission to an external funder. Only full-time CUNY faculty members are eligible to participate. Program registration allows eligible faculty to either submit a proposal for peer review or become peer reviewers themselves. To participate as an applicant and as a peer reviewer, a user must register each role separately, and use two different email addresses.
Proposals to all types of funders and sponsors are able to be evaluated, with a particular emphasis on the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and U.S. Department of Education.
Peer reviewers are matched to submitted proposals based on scientific (knowledge relevance to the proposed project) and ethical (personal connection to the applicant) criteria. The program is completely confidential and serves both internal and external competitions. If no CUNY peer reviewers are qualified or available to critique a proposal, a qualified reviewer(s) external to CUNY will be sought to provide this feedback. The names of peer reviewers will not be disclosed to applicants.