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Grant Support and Peer Review

Maximize your potential for funding success by engaging with the Research Center for Transforming Health (RCTH) on your next grant application. Our team of experts offer School of Medicine investigators guidance in all facets of grant development and the submission process. 

Grant Support

The Research Center for Transforming Health supports proposals and ongoing projects in any phase of the development spectrum, including identifying funding opportunities, study design, grant submission, budget development, biostatistics and data analytics consultations, and facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration. 

Due to the number of people and programs we serve, the Center recommends investigators seeking grant submission assistance engage with us as early in the process as possible. 

To schedule a consultation with a Center team member, email or call 803-216-3376, but it must be emphasized that while we will assist in the process, we cannot take primary responsibility for the grant.


Peer Review

Grant proposal review prior to submission is an important component of successful grant submissions. The RCTH Peer Grant Review Program is a valuable resource for investigators to obtain useful pre-submission feedback of their proposals. UofSC School of Medicine faculty/faculty affiliates and Columbia VA investigators are eligible to submit their research proposal for pre-submission review. Proposals will be reviewed using categories similar to NIH peer review and investigators will receive feedback from experienced researchers.

Submission Requirements

Investigators should submit, at a minimum, a research plan/strategy summary to include the research design and statistical approach, and funding announcement information (i.e. NIH RFA #). The submission of additional documents, such as specific aims page, references cited, biographical sketch, and ancillary documents is recommended for enhanced feedback of the overall proposal. For peer review of resubmissions, investigators must include any agency reviews (i.e. proposal scores sheet, summary statements, and “pink sheets”).

Documents should be submitted online via the RCTH Peer Review request form no later than the review submission deadline indicated below .

Review Submissions Deadline Summary Statement Returns NIH Submission Deadline
 April 27, 2020  May 15, 2020  June/July 2020
 August 3, 2020  September 1, 2020  October/November 2020
 November 30, 2020  January 8, 2021  February/March 2021

If you would like to submit a proposal for review outside of this timeline, please email the RCTH at for more information.


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