Some Scientists Wary of NIH Plan to Revamp Grant Procedures

Many scientists say that changes proposed by the National Institutes of Health to clarify the criteria for reviewing grant applications would do little to improve peer review, the process by which the agency whittles down the 30,000 grant applications it receives each year to the 6,000 it chooses to support.

Peer review has long been a source of anxiety for university researchers applying for grants from the N.I.H. In recent years, the controversy over the agency's evaluation of grant