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

    Coming Soon!

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

    The Toolkit will initially be designed to simulate the peer review process of the Project Grant Competition and, over time, will be expanded to include other CIHR grants and awards processes.

    The Toolkit will contain the resources needed to run a review process, including:

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

    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 RiT Program will expand on and replace the current Observer Program. It will offer Early Career Researchers (ECRs) that do not have independent funding or face to face review experience the opportunity to participate in the Project Grant competition by conducting practice reviews with the support of a mentor and attending the face to face peer review meeting. Participants will have the opportunity to present their reviews at the face-to-face peer review meeting.

    Participants will be 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, committee’s mandate, and the funding opportunity details, will be provided and RiTs will also be asked to complete the competition-specific learning prior to participating in the program.

    Following the completion of the RiT program, participants will be expected to participate in at least one review process for CIHR.

    After RiTs complete the required peer review activities, they can review the Associate Member selection criteria, and if they meet the criteria, can apply to be an Associate Member.

    Objectives:

    • To provide ECRs with opportunities to develop their peer review skills, with the support of a mentor; and
    • To provide ECRs the necessary exposure and support to develop the capacity to conduct high quality reviews.

    Eligibility:

    • The RiT Program will be open to ECRs with an independent research appointment that do not hold independent peer reviewed funding.

    Competitions will be launched twice a year for candidates to apply. For more information:

    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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