In response to concerns expressed about reforms at CIHR, the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) recently met with representatives from Nova Scotia’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 peer review feedback from 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 the 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 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 identify the strengths and weaknesses noted in the peer review feedback and develop a summary report that identifies common areas for improvement and indicators of success in order to inform and strengthen future grant submissions. This report will be shared with participants and the research community.
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 Amy Middleton, Corporate Initiatives Coordinator: email@example.com
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. 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 Amy Middleton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 902.424.2131