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Information Technology Services

AIBS employs a team of technology specialists who work directly with the AIBS SPARS Department to transform your organization's current peer review processes. Our staff has over 15 years experience directly supporting the SPARS Department and designs and manages the software tools needed for AIBS to be one of the world's most prolific facilitators of scientific peer review in the nation.

That software is the Scientific Comprehensive Online Research and Evaluation System (SCORES) suite -- a collection of modern web applications created by AIBS to manage small and large scale scientific peer review projects performed by the AIBS SPARS Division. The software has supported some of the world's largest biological research funding organizations via electronic review, virtual peer review panel, and on-site peer review panel meetings. The software suite was used to evaluate over $900 million in potential scientific funding in 2011-2012. The SCORES software suite helps manage these projects from start to finish, assisting with project setup and tracking, recruiting of subject matter experts, recording subject matter expert critiques and evaluation criteria scores, and generation of polished summary statements delivered to clients. SCORES includes interfaces for all project stakeholders including subject matter experts, clients, and AIBS staff, ensuring complete, accurate, and secure information sharing throughout all project phases. Like all of AIBS's software, SCORES follows industry best practices for security and data redundancy, and is deployed via a US Government-compliant host.

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Our staff will be happy to discuss how SPARS and our technology can help your organization meet your research and funding goals.

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News from SPARS

Scientists Review Peer Review

You and your colleagues at AIBS did an absolutely first rate job in running this review.

— Tinnitus Review, 2011

The review panel was thorough, fair and comprehensive.

— Tinnitus Review, 2011

It was remarkable and very different from traditional NIH study sections.

— CDC Reviewer, 2011

You did a great job putting together a wonderful panel: knowledgeable and passionate with their work, ready to go an extra mile to help new investigators in Africa.

— CDC Reviewer, 2011

We always benefit from critical review of works in our field-it makes us better writers - it points out where confusion and inconsistencies make scientific writing hard to understand or follow. It is always a good thing to critically review others' work!

— Raptor Biologist, 2011

With face-to-face reviews, I meet other scientists with interests and knowledge different than my own, which provides me a resource for my own work.

— Cell Biology NYStem reviewer 2010

I enjoy the discussion and learn from the expertise of other scientists. I also benefit by preparing better grants.

— Hematologist/Oncologist, NYStem reviewer 2010