The role of reviewers

Infographic: How international reviewers participate in the review process?


Peer reviewers of grant proposals play a crucial role in determining which proposals receive funding. International reviewers are particularly valuable as they can place grant proposals against a global backdrop and provide unique insights. Each proposal is assessed by an AMED project evaluation panel. This panel is assisted by independent experts from within Japan and reviewers who are based overseas.

International reviewers should be internationally recognized scientists with considerable insight in the relevant field of the proposals who live in a country other than Japan. These reviews assess proposals in terms of compatibility with the purpose of the AMED program (as briefly described in the grant documentation provided to reviewers), their scientific and technological significance, and the suitability of their plans. Reviewers comment on the overall evaluation of the proposal and, in some cases, use a ten-grade evaluation scale to grade it (proposals rated six and above are deemed fundable).

Reviewing a grant involves reading a relatively brief English summary of the proposal and assessing its various characteristics and providing informed comments and suggestions on the scientific merits of the proposal. A review typically takes a couple of hours to complete and it can be done entirely online. After completing one or more reviews, reviewers receive an honorarium in recognition of the work they have done.

  • International reviewers will receive a unique URL to register as an AMED reviewer.
  • AMED reviewers are required to assent to a non-disclosure agreement during the registration process.
  • AMED’s grant program organizer will match grant applications to pre-registered AMED reviewers based on their fields of expertise. Each reviewer will then be asked to review about three to five grant applications and provide feedback using an online evaluation system.
  • AMED reviewers must commit to providing detailed, objective, constructive, and timely written reviews for each assigned application. These reviews will be used to recommend applications for funding.
  • On satisfactory completion of the above requirements, AMED reviewers will receive a certificate and an honorarium.

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Registering interest and finding out more

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a reviewer of AMED grant proposals, please register your interest here.

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Disclaimer: AMED subcontracts administration of its reviewer registration process to Springer Nature, Japan. Springer Nature employees play no role in the selection of reviewers or in the evaluation of applications for funding.