2017-2018 Foundation Grant competition: Summary of stage 1 results

(2017-12-08)

The stage 1 review process for the 2017-2018 Foundation Grant competition is now complete.

For this competition, 134 peer reviewers and 32 Competition Chairs volunteered their time and expertise. We would like to thank all of them for their dedication to high quality peer review and for making the Stage 1 peer review process run smoothly.

On December 7, 2017, applicants were notified of the status of their stage 1 application. Successful candidates have been invited to submit their stage 2 application by February 6, 2018. The overview of stage 1 results, based on career stage and gender, is provided below.

As noted in the Review Process for the Foundation Grant program, CIHR is committed to ensuring gender equity is observed as part of the stage 1 decisions. CIHR is therefore ensuring that the proportion of female applicants moving forward from stage 1 to stage 2 is equal to the proportion of female applicants to the competition. For the 2017-18 Foundation Grant competition, CIHR took corrective measures to ensure gender equity by inviting additional female applicants to stage 2.

Stage 1 peer review overview

  • Of the 303 applications received, 187 applicants have been invited to submit a stage 2 application.
  • Applicants have been invited to apply to stage 2 if:
    • the application had a minimum consolidated ranking of 44.6429%; or
    • at least two reviewers ranked the application at or above the 60th percentile.*

*Reminder: In their Notification of Decision package, applicants receive their ranking by reviewer as deciles (not percentiles).

Stage 1 competition results

Applications submitted (% of total submitted)
Applicants Mid-Career Investigator** Senior Investigator** Total
Female 38 (33%) 46 (24.5%) 84 (27.7%)
Male 77 (67%) 142 (75.5%) 219 (72.3%)
Total 115 188 303

**Career stage data is based on researchers’ self-identified information.

Invited to stage 2 (% invited)
Applicants Mid-Career Investigator** Senior Investigator** Total
Female 20 (32.3%) 32 (25.6%) 52 (27.8%)
Male 42 (67.7%) 93 (74.4%) 135 (72.2%)
Total 62 125 187

**Career stage data is based on researchers’ self-identified information.

We look forward to working with reviewers for the next review stages. The anticipated Notice of Decision for the competition is July 17, 2018.

Please visit the Foundation Grant Program website if you have any questions, or contact support@cihr-irsc.gc.ca.

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