Confidentiality of Reviews

How it works

  • In competitions where there are several levels of review—typically individual referees and a relatively large review committee divided into subcommittees—individual referees remain confidential, while the membership of the committee is publicly listed. In such cases, individual referees and committee members cannot be linked to specific proposals. Examples of this kind of competition at IU include New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities and the Collaborative Research Grants.
  • In competitions where there is a small committee, each of whose members serves as a referee for every proposal, the names of committee members are not made public. To do so would violate confidentiality and make it extremely difficult to find faculty members willing to serve on review committees. Examples of this kind of competition at IU include the various Grant-in-Aid programs or Limited Submissions.
  • Because of limited staff and time, IU’s offices of research do not automatically provide feedback on rejected proposals. Feedback from referees and committees will be provided upon request. The names of individual reviewers on individual proposals will not be revealed under any circumstances, however. Faculty members who want feedback on unsuccessful proposals should contact the staff member responsible for the internal funding program.

Who to Contact?


Contact Fraya Fox at


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Other Campuses

Contact Sarah Mosier at