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Competitions

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.

Problem statement

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.

Project description

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.

Contact person

Point person (github handle) Site Program Director
Laura Wimbiscus (@lmkw) Northwestern Justin Guinney (@jguinney)

Leads

Lead(s) (github handle) Site
Matthew Baumann (@mattbaumann1) Northwestern
John Serafin (@jseraf) Northwestern
Firas Wehbe (@firaswehbe) Northwestern

Team members

See team.md

Repositories

Deliverables

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

Milestones

  • 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

Evaluation

Our evaluation plan can be found here.

Education

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.

Working documents

As this project progresses, working documents will be made available either through this project's wiki or via other means like Google Drive folders

Slack room

The project slack room is accessible to onboarded participants. You will not automatically be added to Slack, please join via the link above.

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