Competitions is an open source tool to run NIH-style peer review of competitions, pilot projects, and research proposals in a cloud-based consortium-wide single sign-on platform.
A platform to support robust peer review within and across CTSA hubs does not currently exist. Competitions is a software tool for investigators, reviewers and administrators to run various types of reviews and competitions, including pilot projects, research awards and reviews.
Competitions is an internal grant competition program developed by the Northwestern University CTSA. It supports posting of RFAs, electronic submission and electronic, NIH-style proposal reviews. Competitions already supports competitions across the university, and nationwide. The software has successfully managed hundreds of competitions and many thousands of applications. This software will be refactored and expanded with a range of features (multi-level review, upgraded interface, support for cloud-based deployment and SSO protocols, etc.).
Here, we will upgrade Competitions platform (1) to support CTSA consortium-wide peer-review activities through a cloud-deployment that supports single sign-on and (2) enhance the competitions code base to improve the ease and robustness of local adoption by interested institutions.
Alignment to program objectives
See the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) here.
|Point person (github handle)||Site||Program Director|
|Laura Wimbiscus (@lmkw)||Northwestern||Justin Guinney (@jguinney)|
|Lead(s) (github handle)||Site|
|Matthew Baumann (@mattbaumann1)||Northwestern|
|John Serafin (@jseraf)||Northwestern|
|Firas Wehbe (@firaswehbe)||Northwestern|
- CD2H Phase II project repo: github.com/data2health/competitions-project
- Code repo: github.com/NUARIG/competitions
A functioning prototype of a CTSA Program-level competition review tool for projects and events that can be used in the cloud or implemented locally, if desired
- Enabling Single Sign-On (SSO) authentication
- Deployment to NCATS cloud-hosted environment
- Code refactoring to enable deployment on cloud infrastructure
- User acceptance testing (UAT)
- Evaluation work stream
Our evaluation plan can be found here.
Our education plan can be found here.
Get involved (Engagement)
We have several ways to get involved with the Competitions project. Please go to our Engagement page to learn more about technical and non-technical ways to collaborate, how to onboard, and more.
As this project progresses, working documents will be made available either through this project's wiki or via other means like Google Drive folders
The project slack room is accessible to onboarded participants. You will not automatically be added to Slack, please join via the link above.