Pilot Projects Review Criteria


University of Iowa Prevention Research Center for Rural Health 

Pilot Research Program-Review Criteria

Request for Proposal: 2019-2020



  • Do the project specific aims fit with the PRC-RH mission of improving the health of rural Iowans?
  • Does the project focus on at least one of the following:
    • Addressing health disparities in Iowa communities and partnering with community organizations or community members in the development, implementation, and/or evaluation of the project.
    • Advancing understanding of the relationships between social and structural determinants and health outcomes in rural and/or micropolitan areas
    • Developing and testing interventions for, or adaptation of evidence-based interventions (EBIs) to rural and/or micropolitan populations
  • Does the background justify the significance of the specific research question? Does the project address an important problem or a critical barrier to progress in the field? If the aims of the project are achieved, how will scientific knowledge be improved?



  • Are the PIs, collaborators, and other researchers well suited to the project?



  • Does the application highlight the innovative aspects of the work proposed?
  • Does the proposal propose novel theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions?
  • Are the concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions novel to in a broad sense or as applicable to the setting and theme?
  • Is a refinement, improvement, or new application of theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions proposed?



  • Are the overall strategy, methodology, and analyses methods well-reasoned and appropriate to accomplish the specific aims of the project?
  • Are potential problems and alternative strategies presented?
  • Are benchmarks for success described?
  • If the project involves human subjects’ research, are the plans for 1) protection of human subjects from research risks, and 2) inclusion of minorities and members of both sexes/genders, as well as inclusion of children, justified in terms of the scientific goals and research strategy proposed?



  • Will the scientific environment in which the work will be done contribute to the likelihood of success?
  • Are the institutional support, equipment and other physical resources available to the investigators adequate for the project proposed?
  • Will the project benefit from unique features of the scientific environment, subject populations, or collaborative arrangements?


Additional Review Considerations

  • Is the budget and time for completion justified and reasonable in relation to the proposed project?
  • Does the proposal have the potential for future extramural funding?
  • Does the investigator have plans to disseminate the results and the continued reporting of related work?



Note: Review criteria is adapted from https://grants.nih.gov/grants/peer/critiques/rpg.htm