Are you preparing an NIH grant submission? The RARC offers an opportunity for Rutgers investigators to receive an internal review of their proposals from a panel of senior, well-funded investigators before submission. The primary objective of this program is to increase the success of grant proposals submitted to NIH by Rutgers investigators.

Format: Investigators should submit Specific Aims and Research Strategy for review, formatted according to NIH style application guidelines. The proposal should be single-spaced and use font/size Arial 11 with 0.5 inch page margins, combined into one PDF document (13 pages for R01 and 7 pages for R21). If you are re-submitting a previously submitted grant, please include the NIH summary statement with your proposal submission, as well as your Introduction to the Resubmission. Investigators should not submit applications that have already received NIH summary statements unless accompanied by proposed revisions. We will observe confidentiality, and only the panel will access your grant information. 

Process: The RARC has established an internal review panel of 25 senior and/or NIH-funded investigators across Rutgers campuses. All submissions will be reviewed by 2-3 reviewers who will provide specific comments on 1) Significance, 2) Innovation, and 3) Approach using a standardized set of criteria. Following this review, each applicant will be invited to attend a live mock review of his/her proposal. One of the panel members will be able to offer help with the responses and modifications.  

Deadlines: We need submissions minimum 1.5 months before your grant submission deadline to organize feedback. To have your proposal reviewed:

  1. At least 2 months before grant submission deadline: Notify Paul Manowitz (; with CC to of your intention to submit a proposal for review and include the date you plan to submit. 
  2. At least 1.5 months before grant submission deadline: Submit the SINGLE PDF file to Paul Manowitz (; with CC to

Please contact with any questions.