The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)’s Office of Financial Resources, Division of Grant Review (DGR), is responsible for coordinating the peer-review process for non-formula discretionary grant applications submitted for funding. Peer reviewers are an invaluable and critical component of the non-formula discretionary grant review process. The primary role of the SAMHSA peer reviewer is to conduct an expert, equitable, and objective assessment of each grant application in relation to the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) evaluation criteria as well as provide accurate feedback to SAMHSA and the applicants. To ensure a fair and objective review, the DGR selects reviewers based on their knowledge, skills, and expertise related to the grant program under review.
To ensure there are a sufficient number of qualified individuals to review for each funding opportunity announcement (FOA), the DGR is currently recruiting behavioral health experts to serve as peer reviewers who will evaluate applications in response to the FOA requirements. At this time, the DGR is specifically recruiting “licensed and experienced professionals in the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of, or recovery from, mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders and who have a medical degree, a doctoral degree in psychology, Master’s degree or above, or an advanced degree in nursing or social work from an accredited program.”
If you or anyone you know is interested in learning more about the SAMHSA peer review process, or if you would like to sign up to become a SAMHSA peer reviewer, please send a resume/CV to Angela.Houde@samhsa.hhs.gov.