So you’ve received the reviews back from your NIH study section, but the feedback is not so clear. How should you address the reviewers’ comments?
In this situation we encourage you to use your best judgment. Take a look at all of the reviewer’s comments and criterion scores* and the scientific review officer’s summary of the discussion and then make a decision on how best to proceed from there. If the summary statement is unclear, you can always contact your program officer for clarification.
*Remember that the criterion scores and comments made by the assigned reviewers usually reflect their reading and assessment of your application before the review meeting. They are sometimes updated after the review meeting, but not always.