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Written by Swathi Thaker, PhD | September 27, 2021

The CCTS panel process has been proven to bolster your project’s extramural success. Before you request your panel, review this list of tips for enhancing your panel experience.

  1. Plan ahead. Evidence from the Hub’s Office of Research has previously shown that projects developed with ample lead time are more likely to garner extramural awards than those organized at the 11th Investigators are strongly encouraged to start early and have a plan.

  2. Choose the right panel type. Not all research proposals are the same, and for that reason, we offer a variety of panel types. Nascent panels function as early transdisciplinary brainstorming sessions; Panels Done Quickly are great to review draft applications; Innovation Panels work with investigators looking to commercialize a scientific discovery. Take a few minutes to figure out exactly what you need. Not sure? No problem! Just contact the CCTS and we will help figure out the best approach!

  3. Get the most out of your peers. The more time your panel has to prepare, the better! We recommend reaching out to us at least 6 weeks before your grant is due. This lead time increases the probability your peers are available to participate.

  4. Brainstorm potential panel reviewers. The goal of the CCTS Panel is intentionally designed to reflect a study section, including a range of disciplinary knowledge (some closer to your area than others) as well as expertise in study design and analytic methodologies. We strive to provide you with the expertise you need. Let us know if you have specific individuals in mind and/or specific research areas that would be most valuable. This will help to ensure that we gather the right folks around the table!

  5. Share your materials early. The best panels are those in which panel members have been able to review your materials prior to the panel. We recommend sharing your materials at least one week prior to your scheduled panel in order to get the most valuable feedback.

  6. Be ready to dialogue. Make the most of your time with your group of experts! Be prepared to spend just a few minutes summarizing the overall purpose of your research, and then open the conversation! Come with specific questions in mind and/or sections where you wish to focus.

By following the tips above, you are sure to have an amazing panel experience! Reach out the CCTS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions and request your panel today.