Submissions to the 2016 1st Live Pilot Project Grant competition

(2016-01-08) Over the past weeks, we have heard from the community that researchers are being encouraged to submit multiple applications to the 2016 Project Grant live pilot competition. CIHR is reaching out to encourage each applicant to submit only their most competitive application(s).

After considering the feedback received from the community throughout 2014-15, and weighing the risks and benefits of making changes through the transition period, CIHR decided on June 22, 2015 to remove the limits on the number of applications that could be submitted by an individual principal applicant for the Project Scheme: 2016 1st Live Pilot competition.

However, as announced back in June, we are monitoring the application pressure for this pilot and balancing application pressure against reviewer burden for the competition timelines planned. If the total number of registrations received presents an unreasonable burden on peer reviewers, which in turn could compromise their ability to produce high quality reviews in a short time period, CIHR may be required to re-implement restrictions to number of applications or change aspects of the competition timelines. For example, once registration numbers are known, we may be required to ask principal applicants who have registered multiple proposals to defer one or more of them to a subsequent competition, and/or we may need to modify the competition timelines (e.g., extend the Notice of Decision date).

CIHR strongly encourages applicants to submit only their most competitive application(s). We thank you for your understanding.
Please visit the CIHR website for more information about the Project Grant competition. If you have any questions about this pilot competition, contact

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