Reviewer Pathway

The Reviewer Pathway is a comprehensive suite of learning and capacity development programs aimed at supporting the development of peer review skills across career stages, expertise and background, such as patients and knowledge users.

The Pathway will incorporate both new and existing programming in an effort to ensure excellence in the peer review system. The objectives of the Pathway are to:

  • Strengthen the peer review system by providing individuals with opportunities to gain a better understanding of the elements of high quality review and the peer review process.
  • Provide individuals with knowledge to improve their understanding of a high quality application.
  • Increase capacity and engagement across career stages and reviewer backgrounds (e.g. knowledge users) in the peer review process.
  • Increase overall diversity, develop long-term relationships and facilitate entry into the College of Reviewers.
  • Provide stronger support and develop relationships with research institutions and our funding partners.

For more information, Please contact CIHR's College of Reviewers team.


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  • Mock Review Toolkit

    The Mock Review Toolkit is a set of resources designed to support the planning and delivery of mock peer review.

    The Toolkit was designed to allow individuals to familiarize themselves with CIHR's peer review process by simulating the Project Grant Competition and will, over time, expand to include other CIHR grants and awards programs.

    The Toolkit contains the resources needed to allow a user to run mock peer review in a relatively independent manner, including:

    • description of roles, including the Chair, Scientific Officer and Reviewer
    • overview of how to conduct a committee meeting
    • logistical, process and administrative considerations in organizing a mock review simulation
    • sample applications
    • adjudication criteria
    • rating scales

    The College of Reviewers is currently looking for institutions interested in piloting the Toolkit to deliver mock peer review. For more information, please contact CIHR's College of Reviewers team.

  • Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) Review Program

    Description:

    Developing peer review skills through hands-on experience is important for the career development of emerging researchers. The PDF Review Program invites postdoctoral fellows to participate as reviewers for the Doctoral Research Award (DRA) competitions.

    Prior to reviewing in the DRA competitions, participants are expected to complete two learning modules on Unconscious Bias in Peer Review and Conducting Quality Reviews (less than 30 minutes total). Materials for conducting reviews, such as the peer review guide, the funding opportunity details, will be provided and participants will also be asked to complete the competition-specific learning prior to conducting reviews.

    Objective:

    • To give PDFs an opportunity to develop their peer review skills.

    Eligibility:

    • This program is open to PDFs who have received an award from CIHR or who are funded by a CIHR grant.

    For more information:

    Interested PDFs should contact CIHR's College of Reviewers team.

  • Reviewer in Training (RiT) Program

    Description:

    The CIHR Reviewer in Training (RiT) program expands on and replaces the Observer program, based on evaluations of the Observer program as well as feedback from the community.

    The RiT program offers Early Career Researchers (ECRs) a learning opportunity to gain a better understanding of the elements of high quality review and the peer review process through direct participation in the Project Grant competition with the support of a Mentor. RiT participants will conduct practice reviews, attend the peer review meeting, and participate in the committee discussion of their assigned applications.

    Each participant will be assigned three applications to review based on their self-declared ability to review. Participants will also be assigned a Mentor that will be available to provide advice and support throughout the review process. Participants must submit their reviews to their Mentor before the meeting with sufficient time for their Mentor to provide feedback on review quality.

    At the meeting, participants will participate in the discussion of their assigned applications and present one of their three reviews. There is, however, a possibility that an opportunity to present may not arise, as only the most competitive applications will be discussed.

    Following completion of the RiT program, participants will be promoted within CIHR's Reviewer Pathway and are expected to participate in peer review when requested and available to do so.

    Objective:

    • To provide ECRs with exposure to the peer review process and the opportunity to develop their capacity to conduct high quality reviews with the support of a Mentor.

    Eligibility:

    • To be eligible to participate in the RiT program, individuals must meet CIHR's definition of an ECR and must be working at a Canadian institution.
    • ECRs who have previously reviewed for the Project Grant competition or are full members of the College of Reviewers are not eligible to apply

    How to apply:

    Competitions will be launched twice a year. Please see the latest call for further details on the program and how to apply.

    Additional resources:

    For more information:

    Please contact CIHR's College of Reviewers team.

  • Associate Member Program

    Description:

    The Associate Member Program is designed for individuals who do not yet have all of the peer review experience necessary to become Full College Members.

    After accepting the invitation to join the College, Associate Members will be asked to complete or update their Reviewer Profile and complete two learning modules on Unconscious Bias in Peer Review and Conducting Quality Reviews (less than 30 minutes total). Associate Members will then be invited to participate as a peer reviewer for one or two competitions, and depending on the peer review experience, will be required to complete review quality assurance activities in a supported manner to build their reviewing skills and experiences. Materials for conducting reviews, such as the peer review guide, committee’s mandate, and the funding opportunity details, will be provided and Associate Members will also be asked to complete the competition-specific learning prior to conducting their reviews.

    After Associate Members complete their quality-assured peer review activities and meet all of the membership selection criteria, they will be invited to become a full College Member.

    When invited to review, Associate Members can request:

    • A reduced review workload;
    • The option to present later in the committee meeting; and
    • Access to a mentor.

    Objectives:

    The Associate Member Program provides:

    • A College membership opportunity for new or less experienced reviewers;
    • Learning and support activities to build, develop and enhance reviewing skills;
    • Hands-on peer review experience to reinforce how to conduct quality reviews.

    Eligibility:

    • Knowledge and experience within CIHR's mandate
    • Academic/professional appointment
    • At least one federally funded (or equivalent) peer-reviewed grant as a Principal Investigator

    For more information:

    Please contact CIHR's College of Reviewers team.

  • Full College Member

    Description:

    Full College Members are an esteemed group of individuals that have agreed to contribute to CIHR's peer review processes. They meet specific criteria gained through prior peer review and grant experiences; have extensive knowledge within CIHR’s mandate; and hold an academic/professional appointment at a recognized institution.

    Eligibility:

    • Knowledge and experience within CIHR's mandate;
    • An Academic/professional appointment;
    • Participation in at least two peer review roles at CIHR or other recognized organizations; and
    • At least one federally funded (or equivalent) peer reviewed grant as a Principal Investigator

    For more information, or to nominate yourself or another candidate, please visit 'Become a College member'.

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