Summary of the results of the Stage 1 review process for the second Foundation Scheme Pilot

The stage 1 review process for the second Foundation Grant pilot competition is now complete. A total of 911 applications were received and one was withdrawn.

Based on feedback from the first Foundation Grant pilot (regarding difficulties applying the adjudication criteria fairly to both early career investigators and established investigators), CIHR reviewed the applications in two separate cohorts. There were 265 applications in the early career investigator cohort and 645 applications in the established investigator cohort (646 received and one was withdrawn). Applications in each cohort were reviewed by an average of five reviewers.

A total of 79 early career investigators and 186 established investigators were invited to submit a stage 2 application (approximately 30% of applicants). Applicants were invited to apply to stage 2 if in their cohort:

  • the application had a minimum consolidated ranking above 75%; or
  • at least two reviewers ranked the application above the 80th percentile; or
  • the application was reviewed by fewer than five reviewers and at least one reviewer ranked it above the 80th percentile.

Figure 1: New and early investigator cohort

  • Figure 1 long description

    Figure 1 illustrates the total distribution of the 265 Stage 1 applications from early career investigators reviewed in the second Foundation Scheme pilot competition. The x-axis represents the consolidated percent rank of each application which was calculated by taking the average of the rankings given to an application from each reviewer who reviewed the application. The y-axis represents the standard deviation of the consolidated percent rank which represents the agreement between reviewers who reviewed the same application. The applications are colour coded according to the following two categories:

    1. The green circles represent applications invited to stage 2;
    2. The grey snowflakes represent applications not invited to stage 2.

Figure 2: Established investigator cohort

  • Figure 2 long description

    Figure 2 illustrates the total distribution of the 645 Stage 1 applications from established investigators reviewed in the second Foundation Scheme pilot competition. The x-axis represents the consolidated percent rank of each application which was calculated by taking the average of the rankings given to an application from each reviewer who reviewed the application. The y-axis represents the standard deviation of the consolidated percent rank which represents the agreement between reviewers who reviewed the same application. The applications are colour coded according to the following two categories:

    1. The green circles represent applications invited to stage 2;
    2. The grey snowflakes represent applications not invited to stage 2.

In approving the outcomes of stage 1 of the Foundation Grant competition, CIHR took into account:

  • the total budget available;
  • our commitment to award a minimum of 15% of the grants to early career investigators; and
  • that the established investigator cohort was a managed competition that restricted the number of individuals who could apply and, therefore, the number of applicants in this cohort is artificially lower than we would see in a normal competition.

Applicants have been provided with their individual results, which include their reviews (ratings and written comments for each adjudication criterion), a summary table representing the distribution of individual reviewer rankings by decile, as well as a consolidated ranking and a standard deviation that represent the applicant’s overall standing in the competition. (The consolidated ranking is the average of all reviewers' individual rankings of the application, expressed as a percentage. The standard deviation is an indicator of the variability among reviewer rankings.)

Please visit the CIHR website for more information about the Foundation Grant competition. If you have any questions about this pilot competition, contact support@cihr-irsc.gc.ca.

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