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?
- 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