Developing your application and wondering how reviewers will assess the vertebrate animal section (VAS)? If so, we encourage you to check out these two new resources, a training module and cheat sheet, which are available on the Consolidated List of Reviewer Documents webpage. The training module highlights what reviewers need to know about the information that must be included in the VAS and assists reviewers in evaluating the VAS. The cheat sheet provides an overview of the criteria required in the VAS including justifications for animal use and interventions to minimize pain, discomfort, and injury.
Want to know more about the VAS? Listen to this NIH All About Grants podcast with the Director of the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, Dr. Patricia Brown.