Video Transcript - Dr. Alain Beaudet discussing the feedback received and what CIHR will be doing next

How are you? It's been three months since the release of our design document describing the proposed reform to our open suite of programs.

Since then, we've heard a lot from the community. We've heard a lot from our partners, from decision makers, from administrators, and we've received a lot of excellent feedback. We've received hundreds of letters, hundreds of emails, and obviously you certainly paid a lot of attention to this document, paid a lot of attention to what we're trying to achieve.

And I would like to thank you for your time, for taking the time to respond and taking the time to voice your opinions in the various town halls that Jen Aubin (phonetic) and I have been carrying out across the country.

Now is the next step. We have to take stock of this information you've provided us with, of your suggestions, and to analyze them and to decide how the plan will be changed, will be modified, will be hopefully improved.

So this is the timeline. End of June, we provide you with a summary of the feedback. In September, we will inform you of the final product.

And there are a number of things that I can already tell you we've heard and we will be very careful at weighing as we discuss the final version.

First, we heard that you're concerned about young investigators and how they will be integrated into the new system.

We heard your concerns about the staged peer review process, about the virtual review, and in some cases we've heard about your concerns and the transition between this current model and the new model, and also within the new model, about transitioning between the program mode and the project scheme.

So I just want to assure you that we're still working on it, that we appreciated your feedback, but your work is not over.

We will need your help, your feedback, as we move towards the implementation. We don't foresee a first call for a launch in the new scheme until the end of 2013, beginning 2014, and we want to assure you that we'll ensure the proper documentation is out there and proper training is offered to all and particularly to those that will be called upon to review in the new system.

So thank you for your help. Thank you for your involvement. I think we're in there together because our joint aim is to ensure that we decrease the amount of work that you have to spend preparing grant applications and reviewing grant applications, to simplify your work and to help you be as free and creative as possible.

We've got a superb health research enterprise in this country and our aim is to make it even better.

Thank you.

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