Scientific Grant Review Committee (SGRC)

Vice Chair Erick Forno, MD, MPH, ATSF Indianapolis, IN
Staff Miriam Rodriguez New York, NY
Staff Javier Guzman New York, NY

The Scientific Grant Review Committee provides strategic guidance for the Society’s research programs and scientific policies and is primarily responsible for the direct oversight for the process of reviewing grants applications to the ATS Research Program. The Committee provides oversight for the ATS Research Program and works with ATS staff on identifying additional extramural sources of funding. It recommends policies to the Board that would further the Society’s science and research mission and objectives, including scientific areas in need of research, and develops collaborations with other societies and organizations to further research in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine with an interest in proposals that advance health equity. The Committee determines the number of Scientific Review Groups and the number of members of each Scientific Review Group needed to provide scientific review for the different grant programs. It also identifies the chair and members of the ATS Scientific Review Groups. Additionally, it determines the process and develops application forms, criteria and guidelines for the various grant opportunities. Oversees the work of the different review groups and selects grants for funding.

Benchmarks, 2023-2024:
• Communicate the responsibilities of serving on the Scientific Grant Review Committee to provide impactful scientific reviews for applications which will ensure qualified, impartial, review of grant proposals.
• Implementation of strategies to reduce implicit bias of reviewers during scoring and study section discussion.
• Guidance and support of applicants through specific and constructive feedback on proposals.
• Include junior reviewers to participate in study section in order to train the next generation.
• To promote diversity, update the application and critique process by adding a component in which applicants are asked to comment on their contribution to diversity in or outside the workplace.*
• Nominate a diverse slate of candidates for ATS Respiratory Health Awards.
• This committee is responsible for reviewing content it has previously posted to the ATS website to determine if it should be updated and moved to the new site or archived/deleted. Using parameters established by the ATS Digital Content Committee as a guideline, committee members will make necessary modifications to ensure the content is accurate and conforms with established ATS standards. Reviews are to be completed by December 1, 2023.

*3 tiered scoring system will be used for the section which will contribute to the overall score of the application. Meet w/ diversity committee on best way to track and audit. Pay attention to diversity of knowledge.