Background and Rationale

Please Note: For researchers returning to update your information, the survey has new questions as of May 15, 2022. Each new question is marked with “New.” The answers for these new items have been defaulted to ‘None,’ even though you may have experience in those topics. Please update the fields marked with “New” to reflect your true experience. The wording of some existing questions has also been revised for clarity and accuracy. Each revised question is marked with “Revised.” The answers for revised items have not changed from when you last took the survey, but you can update them if your experience has changed.

At the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) is the lead office responsible for assessing, facilitating, and stimulating research in disease prevention and health promotion. We are also charged with disseminating the results of this research to improve public health. To enhance the quality of prevention research supported by the NIH, the ODP seeks to identify individuals with appropriate methodological and content expertise who might serve as reviewers of research applications submitted to the NIH that have relevance to the field of prevention.

This survey asks you to report your level of methodological and content expertise across seven areas related to prevention research:

  • Study Design Topics
  • Research Methods
  • Content Topics
  • Settings
  • Populations
  • Regions
  • Income Categories

By agreeing to the Privacy Act Notification Statement below, you give the ODP permission to share the following pieces of information with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) staff, particularly those in the NIH Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives and the NIH Center for Scientific Review:

  • Your contact information
  • Areas of expertise
  • Willingness to serve as a reviewer

If you choose to participate in this survey, you will be asked to create a user account and you may be contacted and asked to review applications, either on an ad hoc basis or as part of a study section.

The survey itself should take about 15–25 minutes to complete.

Thank you for your help to enhance the quality of prevention research supported by the NIH.

Items marked with an asterisk * are required.

Privacy Act Notification Statement *

Collection of this information is authorized under 42 U.S.C. 217a, 241, 282(b)(6), 284a, and 288. 48 CFR Subpart 15.3 and Subpart 42.15. The primary use of the Prevention Research Expertise Survey is to enhance the quality of prevention research supported by the Department of Health & Human Services in part, by helping to identify individuals as potential reviewers of prevention research grant applications submitted to the Office of Disease Prevention. Your survey responses will be disclosed to HHS staff, particularly those who work at the NIH in the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives and the Center for Scientific Review. Submission of your personal information is voluntary, however, in order for us to consider your qualifications, you should complete all fields. The information you provide will be included in a Privacy Act system of records, and will be used and may be disclosed for the purposes and routine uses described and published in the following System of Records Notice (SORN): 09-25-0156 Records of Participants in Programs and Respondents in Surveys Used to Evaluate Programs of the Public Health Service.

Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 15–25 minutes per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden, to: NIH, Project Clearance Branch, 6705 Rockledge Drive, MSC 7974, Bethesda, MD 20892-7974, ATTN: PRA (0925-0728). Do not return the completed form to this address.