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RD Mock Review Panel Program

The Research Development team's Mock Review Panel Program can help you improve your proposal prior to submission.

What is a mock review?

A mock review is a pre-submission review of a PI's proposal.

FSU experts provide constructive comments on a proposal prior to the agency submission, giving the PI time to make revisions and ultimately increase the likelihood of the proposal being funded.

Why should you submit your proposal to a mock review?

A mock review will allow you to get feedback on both the methodology and the format of your proposal prior to the agency review. With a mix of experienced reviewers--some familiar with your research areas and others with specific agency review experience--many problems can be identified and addressed, prior to the agency review of your proposal.

How does it work?

If interested, you will apply to the Research Development team (RD) for a mock review session. To be eligible, you must submit your request at least 7 weeks prior to the agency deadline and you must have your completed draft ready at least 6 weeks prior to the agency deadline. The review will be scheduled with enough time for you to consider the comments and make changes prior to the submission date.

Once you submit your request, an RD staff member will help identify reviewers and contact you with a proposed timeline.

The actual review is a 1-hour session. You may invite members of your team (if applicable) to the review to listen with you and help you brainstorm strategies to address reviewer concerns. Your session will include 2-3 mock reviewers.  At the time of the session, reviewers will have approximately 15 minutes each to provide feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of the proposal. The remainder of the hour is open for discussion between the PI and the reviewers. To respect the reviewers’ time, the session will not go over one hour.

Because this process is not specific to any particular agency, the review will not be set up like any particular agency review process (e.g., study section). Mock reviewers will be provided with your proposal documents, along with your biosketch/CV, and the notice of funding opportunity and scoring criteria from the agency. If your proposal is a resubmission, you may be asked to include the previous review comments and your introductory response to reviewers (if applicable). Each mock reviewer will be asked to prepare feedback in advance. They may provide any written comments to you at their discretion. 

The session will take place via Zoom and will be recorded. You will be provided with a link to the Zoom recording following the session which may be used, along with your written notes, to refine your proposal. 

Reviewers are not asked to commit to any further review of the proposal after the mock review has concluded.


All reviewers and mock review attendees are reminded that the materials under review and the recording are confidential and should not be shared with anyone outside of the mock review.

The Research Development team will facilitate mock review sessions for any discipline or funding agency. To inquire, please email or contact your Research Development Coordinator.


Mock Review Sessions for National Institutes of Health (NIH) Proposals

If you are applying for an NIH K-Series Career Development Award, you should contact the CTSA K2R Scholar Program (Jenn Gerson,; Dr. Henna Budhwani, for mock review services.

For all other NIH proposals (R-Series, etc.), FSU Research Development handles mock review services. These are led by our Research Development Coordinator for Health and Life Sciences, Dr. Nicole Viverito ( Mock review timelines for standard NIH cycle dates are below.

Mock Review Sessions for Summer 2024 new R01 and U01 submissions (NIH application deadline: Jun 5)

  • Send an email to Nicole expressing interest by Wed, Apr 17
  • Send a completed proposal draft to Nicole by Wed, Apr 24

Mock Review Sessions for Fall 2024 new R01 and U01 submissions (NIH application deadline: Oct 5)

  • Send an email to Nicole expressing interest by Fri, Aug 16
  • Send a completed proposal draft to Nicole by Fri, Aug 23

Mock Review Sessions for Spring 2025 new R01 and U01 submissions (NIH application deadline: Feb 5)

  • Send an email to Nicole expressing interest by Mon, Dec 2
  • Send a completed proposal draft to Nicole by Mon, Dec 9

Please submit inquiries regarding R01 resubmissions/renewals or other NIH funding mechanisms to Nicole at