The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) supports Native American communities by providing financial assistance
and capacity building, gathering and sharing data, and advocating for improved policies within HHS and across the federal government.
Each year, ANA convenes panels of experts to objectively analyze and score eligible grant applications. These scores are used to rank
eligible applications which help ANA decide which eligible tribes or native organizations will receive funds. Being a panel reviewer is
an integral part of ANA’s funding process and affords participants the opportunity to have a significant impact in native communities.
ANA recruits experienced professionals who possess subject matter expertise and qualifications relevant to ANA’s program areas to serve as panel
reviewers and panel chairpersons. Panel reviewers should have knowledge and direct experience working with the Native communities and populations
that ANA serves. Panel reviewers objectively analyze, score, and comment on ANA grant applications. Panel chairpersons assist the panel in coming
to a consensus on comments and scores that accurately reflect the quality of each application as it is applied to the evaluation criteria prescribed
in the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).
For more information regarding the roles and responsibilities of panel reviewers and chairpersons, please download the following job descriptions.
What is it like to be an ANA Panel Reviewer?
Panel review is hard work and challenging but an incredibly rewarding process. ANA uses the recommendations
produced from the panel review process to help determine which grant applications receive funding. Because of
this reliance, important decisions rest in the hands of each panel reviewer. As an ANA panel reviewer or chairperson,
you may be assigned seven to ten grant applications per review session. In addition to working independently to read,
analyze and score each assigned grant application, you will participate in team discussions requiring critical thinking
and writing skills while working with a panel consisting of three reviewers and a chairperson.
What are the qualifications ANA looks for in a reviewer or chairperson?
Where is the ANA Panel Review held?
- Experience in community-based projects
- Good communication skills, verbal and in writing
- Attention to detail
- Analytical skills
- Experience working with native communities or other distressed communities
- Ability to meet deadlines
- Independent thinker that can also work collaboratively with others
Panel Review is held remotely. Chairpersons and Reviewers are required to have constant reliable Internet access, a contact phone number, email and laptop, and ample time and flexibility to participate in lengthy video conference calls. Chairpersons and Reviewers will utilize the Application Review Module (ARM) during the panel review session. ARM is a web-based system to review grant applications and ensures the seamless organization, evaluation, and management of the grant application lifecycle. Individuals will be assigned to a panel with a set of applications for which they are responsible for providing scores, comments, and reviewing each application’s content against the evaluation criteria.
When will I know if I’m selected to be a reviewer/chairperson?
ANA will hold two panel review sessions in 2021. The first session will take place on July 12 – 23 to review applications for the funding announcements submitted under Native Languages (Preservation and Maintenance (P&M) and Esther Martinez Immersion (EMI)), Environmental Regulatory Enhancements (ERE) and Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS) for Alaska and SEDS – Growing Organizations. The second session will be August 2 – 13, 2021 for SEDS. Registration to be an ANA reviewer and/or chairperson is now open until May 24. At some point during open registration, you will be contacted about your availability. All communications will be done by email. Individuals that are available, will be contacted to complete the reviewer/chairperson training. Based on your training performance and qualifications, ANA will make selections closer to the start of the panel review sessions. The number of reviewers and chairpersons that will be needed is dependent upon the number of applications that ANA receives. The grant application submission deadlines are June 25 and June 30.