Dean Nena Peragallo Montano has been invited to serve on the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research of the National Institutes of Health, beginning immediately for a term ending January 31, 2022.
Dr. Peragallo Montano was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, who serves on the Council along with the Director of the NIH, Director of the National Institutes of Nursing Research, the Chief Nursing Officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs and the Director of the Division of Nursing of the Health Resources and Services Administration, along with 14 other members appointed by the Secretary.
The Council provides the second level of review of grant applications, and recommends to the Institute Director which applications should be approved and considered for funding. These recommendations are based not only on considerations of scientific merit, as judged by the IRGs, but also on the relevance of the proposed project to the Institute’s programs and priorities. Funding decisions are made by the Institute Director, who may not legally delegate this decision-making responsibility to the NACNR Council or to any other outside advisory group. However, the Director may follow the Council’s recommendations in making funding decisions. Issues such as budget status and program balance may alter Council recommendations.
In addition, the Council reviews the Institute’s extramural programs and also makes recommendations about its intramural research activities.