The results of CIHR’s recent Foundation and Project Grant competitions show a Nova Scotia success rate of only 6.8% compared to the national success rate of 13%. Over both competitions, only 9 projects were funded of 132 applications submitted by Nova Scotian researchers. Clearly, there is reason to take action.
In response to concerns expressed about reforms at CIHR, the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) recently met with representatives from the province’s health research community to consider the impact of the reforms and discuss strategies for success in the new funding environment. One of the outcomes was a request for NSHRF to assess the results of the most recent CIHR Foundation and Project Grant competitions, to strengthen the quality of applications being submitted for funding in the future.
It is critical for Nova Scotia’s health research community to contribute to understanding why our success rate is lower than the national average and how we can collectively improve the quality of applications being submitted for funding. We are asking all Nova Scotian Principal Investigators who applied to the CIHR’s Foundation and Project Grant competitions (both funded and not funded) to please share their applications and peer review feedback with NSHRF.
Through qualitative analysis, NSHRF will assess the strengths, weaknesses and qualities of funded and unfunded applications. The aim is to develop a summary report that identifies common areas for improvement and indicators of success in order to inform and strengthen future grant submissions.
We recognize that there were critiques of the peer review process and that changes have recently been announced; despite these critiques and upcoming changes, we believe analyzing your recent applications and reviewer feedback will be extremely valuable and informative in supporting researchers in future funding competitions.
To participate in this initiative, please send the following documents by email to Julia Kontak, Research Associate (Julia.Kontak@novascotia.ca):
- Submission Form (please download and complete this short fillable form for each application submitted to CIHR)
- CIHR Application Form
- Peer Review Feedback - Stage 1 and Stage 2 (if applicable)
- Notices of Decision - Stage 1 and Stage 2 (if applicable)
Participation in this initiative is voluntary, however your involvement will enable NSHRF to complete this initiative, and contribute to fostering a strong and competitive research enterprise in Nova Scotia. We also encourage you to provide us with suggestions regarding what you would like to see from the analysis by completing the Submission Form (above).
Privacy and confidentiality of all documents received will be maintained by NSHRF. All documents will be stored electronically and accessible only to NSHRF employees. No identifying information will be published in the report or shared with external parties.
For more information, please contact Julia Kontak, Julia.Kontak@novascotia.ca or 902.424.4537