CSR is sending invitations to about 2,500 members of the scientific community with a strong commitment to peer review and experience serving as reviewers... Joining the college will allow reviewers who find it difficult to manage the travel and commitment of being a regular reviewer to remain engaged in peer review...College reviewers primarily will provide written or "mail-in" critiques and be involved in two-stage reviews, which have successfully assessed thousands of special sets of applications, such as the Transformative R01 and Challenge grant applications as well as groups of translational applications and small business applications.
Oh I think I will be taking this up a time or two. Initial observations:
-just when they were reducing the ad hoc participation on regular panels and increasing the load (thereby broadening the "fit") of regular reviewers...this?
-all talk of impact and significance for regular review is rolled back, these initial reviewers will be expected to nitpick the design and methods, just like before!
-feedback from those who sat on the second stage of the Transformative and Challenge reviews this summer sure wasn't all that positive..but then CSR seems to frequently steam forward with great enthusiasm on changes where I can't seem to find anyone who is in favor of them.