Reviewer Opportunities

reviewer Overview

Throughout the year, the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment (AHW) invites Wisconsin-based individuals with a broad range of expertise to apply to serve as merit reviewers for a variety of funding opportunities. Desired expertise varies based on review panel, but includes health and science researchers, health care providers, and community and public health practitioners, including MCW faculty and staff and community leaders from across the state.

Rolling Deadline: Merit review panel applications can be submitted at any time to indicate your interest to serve on a future review panel. Applicants will be notified as future review opportunities become available.

Compensation: Reviewers from agencies and organizations external to the Medical College of Wisconsin are paid for their service as merit reviewers, with the exact amount varying based on the merit review service requested. Employees of MCW or members of AHW’s oversight bodies are not eligible for payment related to proposal review.


There are currently no active reviewer opportunities. Please submit an application to create your reviewer profile and join the AHW merit review pool to be considered for future merit review opportunities.

Reviewer Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

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  When can I expect a response to my application?

A member of our team will reach out to you to confirm receipt of your application materials and let you know if any additional information is needed.

  How often are merit reviewers needed?

AHW engages merit reviewers to serve on review panels for our annual competitive Request for Application funding opportunities and for responsive funding opportunities as needs arise.

  How many reviewers are needed for each review panel?

On average, AHW merit review panels consist of approximately 8-15 reviewers, although the specific number of reviewers needed depends on the number of proposals submitted for a given funding opportunity and the cumulative expertise and experience needed among the full review panel. 

  Can I apply to be a merit reviewer if I have already served as a reviewer for AHW?

Yes. We welcome and encourage past reviewers to apply to serve as a reviewer again. While prior grant review experience is not required to serve as a reviewer, AHW seeks a variety of previous review experience, including individuals who have reviewed with AHW in the past and with other grantmaking organizations and institutions at local, state and federal levels, when developing merit review panels.

  What are the expectations as a merit reviewer?

All merit reviewers are required to complete all required paperwork in advance of beginning the review process and participate in a brief orientation discussion with AHW.

Each merit reviewer is assigned a set of proposals to conduct an individual desk review and submit scores and comments through AHW’s online reviewer portal by the requested deadline. All merit reviewers are required to participate in merit review meetings to discuss the outcome of the individual desk review and complete final scoring of the submitted proposals.

  What is the estimated time commitment for the review process?

Time commitment varies based on the number of proposals received and the composition of the merit review panel. AHW estimates the following time commitments for the following aspects that may be included in a merit review process (subject to change):

  • Orientation discussion: Approximately 1 hour
  • Letter of Intent Review
    • Individual desk review: Approximately 1.5 hours of review time per proposal with an estimated review load of approximately 3-5 proposals assigned to each reviewer
    • Merit review meeting: Approximately 3-4 hours of meeting time
  • Full Proposal Review
    • Individual desk review: Approximately 3 hours of review time per proposal with an estimated review load of approximately 2-3 proposals assigned to each reviewer
    • Merit review meeting: Approximately 3-4 hours of meeting time

have questions?

We're here to help. For questions or further information regarding this call for reviewers, please contact Yumari Ortiz at

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