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Scientific Peer Review Committee

Review of research  proposals submitted to the Scientific Review Committee (SPRC)

The mission of the Scientific Peer Review Committee is to support and encourage scientific excellence and rigor at the University of Missouri.

The SPRC provides constructive and rigorous pre-submission review of extramural research proposals for faculty members who wish to voluntarily solicit critical feedback on their proposals.  The scope of the SPRC will be confined to scientific critical review and constructive feedback.

Application process

The committee will review Investigator initiative studies submitted by proposed  principal investigators including  senior faculty, junior faculty, PhD’s, fellows, residents,  and Post-doctoral  researchers. Proposals must be submitted 6 weeks prior to sponsored program due date. Proposals should be accompanied by the RFA aims and links should be  provided to the specific  RFA Instructions. Budgets for the project will not be reviewed and should not be included in the submitted proposal. However, investigators should include the proposed mechanism/funding source. The review does not address the requisite IRB submission or status.

Review process

Reviews will be completed within a 2 to 3  week time frame and will  be reviewed by two individuals, at least one a member of the SPRC. Proposals will be reviewed using the NIH  RO1 format  and criteria. Review results will be presented in writing to the investigator with option for further discussion with the members of the SPRC committee.


To submit a proposal, please contact committee chair William Steinmann, MD, at or 573-884-4293.

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