Peer Review Panels and College of Internal Scientific Reviewers

College of Internal Scientific Reviewers

The Temerty Faculty of Medicine (TFoM) is seeking volunteer grant proposal reviewers to enroll in our College of Internal Scientific Reviewers. The College will provide on-campus faculty with scientific peer review of their draft CIHR Project Grant proposals.

To participate in either of our peer review mechanisms (detailed below), you must be a member of the College of Internal Scientific Reviewers. You can sign-up at the bottom of this page.

Can I have my own Proposal Reviewed?

Yes. The College of Peer Reviewers will operate on a quid pro quo basis: if you wish to have your proposal reviewed, you must join the College and be willing to review your peers’ proposals, either in the upcoming competition or future ones.

Do I need to sign up to the College each competition?

No, you will remain enrolled each competition.

Peer Review Panel Model

The peer-review panel model seeks to recreate the panel-style review that takes place at CIHR. Panels are established by research theme and/or physical lab location proximity. Rather than reviewers returning written comments, feedback is provided during an in-person review meeting. Reviewers are assigned grants based on applicant summaries (i.e. CIHR Project Grant Summary) and come to the panel review meeting to discuss the applications assigned to them. 

Participating panels include MaRS, Nutritional Sciences, Immunology, Pharmacology & Toxicology, and the Donnelly. Approximately 50% of on-campus TFoM faculty who had their CIHR Project Grants reviewed by these panels ranked in the top 100-70% of their CIHR review committee. For context, the historical (three-year) average for on-campus TFoM applicants in this range is 33%. While this increase cannot be solely attributed to the peer review process, we anticipate that peer review has helped to increase application quality. In addition, participants have shared that they enjoyed learning about their peer’s research and gaining insights about the peer review process.

Signing up for a Peer Review Panel

If your department already participates in a peer review panel, connect with your departmental chair or panel lead to indicate your interest in joining the  panel. For the 2023 Spring CIHR competition, panel meetings will be held in late February 2023. 

If your department does not currently host a peer review panel and you are interested in joining an existing panel, please email to express your interest.

If you would like to form a new peer review panel focused on your research area, please talk to your department chair and reach out to

Why Participate?

  • Reviewers of funded proposals will receive a $500 contribution to their unrestricted research account (PI CFC) in recognition of their feedback.
  • Participation as an internal scientific reviewer is also an eligibility requirement for the Faculty's Pathway Grants. 
    To be eligible for a Pathway Grant, applicants must be signed up as members of the College of Reviewers and must have submitted their CIHR Project Grant for internal peer-review.

Additional benefits of the Peer review panel include:

  • Exposure of junior faculty to the panel review experience
  • Providing researchers an opportunity to learn about the work of their peers
  • Creating opportunities for future collaboration

Spring 2023 Review Timelines

The CIHR Project Grant registration deadline is February 8, 2023 and the full application deadline is March 8, 2023.

Peer Panel Review Model

Feb. 10* - Abstract Submission Deadline    
Feb. 13* - Full Application Submission for Review deadline    
Feb. 13*  - Application Assigned to Reviewers    
Week of Feb. 20* - Application Review Meeting Held
March 1 - MRA Deadline    
March 8 – CIHR Deadline  


Dates with an asterisk (*) are approximate and will vary slightly from panel to panel.

One-on-One Peer Review Mechanism

We also offer a one-on-one mechanism of peer review for College members whose research interests lie outside the topics covered by current Peer Review Panels. If you sign-up for this model, a reviewer will provide written feedback on your proposal. 

Reviewers will not be asked to review more than one application for any given competition and will not be asked to review via this mechanism if they are participating in the peer review panel model. 

Signing up for One-on-One Peer Review 

Please submit your CIHR Project Grant Summary by February 10, 2023 to

You will be contacted by TFoM staff after a reviewer has been assigned to your proposal. While the review date of your full proposal is somewhat flexible (i.e. based on your reviewers schedule), you should plan to have your full proposal ready for review by February 13, 2023. 

Note: one-on-one peer review will only be available to researchers for whom there is no appropriate panel for peer review.

Spring 2023 Review Timelines

The CIHR Project Grant registration deadline is February 8, 2023 and the full application deadline is March 8, 2023

One-on-One Peer Review Model

Feb. 10 – Abstract Submission Deadline  
Feb. 13 – Reviewers paired with applicants    
Feb. 13 – Full Application for Review Deadline  
Weeks of Feb. 13 & 20* – Review of Application    
March 1 - MRA Deadline  
March 1 - Reviews returned to applicant  
March 8 – CIHR Deadline  

 Dates with an asterisk (*) are approximate and will vary based on your reviewer's schedule.

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