Sign up to the College of Internal Scientific Reviewers

The Temerty Faculty of Medicine 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 proposals to various competitions (with planned expansions to other competitions once the College is established). An internal peer review system has multiple benefits: 

  • It supplements the Office of the Vice Dean, Research & Health Science Education’s existing editorial review services with invaluable scientific feedback from a fellow faculty member;
  • It enhances our collaborative environment by providing researchers with greater awareness of colleagues’ projects across the Faculty; and
  • It provides a larger pool of potential reviewers beyond a single department, introducing critical perspectives and inputs to your draft proposals.

Internal peer review has proven successful in other divisions and institutions and faculty members in Medicine have expressed great interest in accessing such a service. We are truly excited to launched this and strongly hope you’ll consider joining the College.

Why be a Reviewer?

In addition to the reasons above, 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 Grant

***New Pilot Panel Review Model***

For the Spring 2022 CIHR Project Grant Competition, we are piloting an alternative peer-review mechanism that seeks to recreate the panel-style review that takes place at CIHR. Panels will be 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. This program will run in tandem with current peer review model for this competition.

If you are interested in taking part in, or leading a panel please sign up for the college below and notify your chair.

Why be a Reviewer?

In addition to the reasons above, 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 also have submitted their CIHR Project Grant for internal peer-review. 

What is Expected of Reviewers?

For the traditional review model:

The review will be a two-step process: 1) abstract review, then 2) full proposal review. Reviewers will be expected to complete each step within one week – please see timelines below. Reviewers will not be asked to review more than two applications for any given competition.

New Pilot Panel Review Model:

Reviewers should connect with their chair to indicate their interest in joining a review panel and sign up for the College of the Reviewers, if they are not already members. Once a panel assignment is made, a panel review meeting will be booked for late February/early March 2022.

Reviewers will be assigned grants based on the abstracts submitted and are expected to come to the panel review meeting prepared to discuss the applications assigned to them. There is no abstract review provided in this model. 

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.

How do I join the College of Reviewers?

Please enroll below in the College through our online College of Internal Scientific Reviewers.

If you are interested in joining the Pilot Panel Review Model, please connect with your Department Chair to indicate your interest. You will also need to enroll below in the College of Internal Scientific Reviewers if you are not currently a member.

How do I Conduct a Proposal Review?

Reviewers will assess proposals using an internal review rubric.

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

No, you will remained enrolled each competition unless you contact us that you are unable to review.

How do I submit for review?

Please submit your abstract for CIHR project grant to cindy.faber@utoronto.ca by the abstract submission deadline of February 16, 2022. When submitting your abstract please indicate which review mechanism you would like to take part in; Traditional Peer Review or the Pilot Panel Review Model.
Please submit your full application for 
cindy.faber@utoronto.ca by the full draft proposal deadline of March 2, 2022 by 3:00pm.

2022 Review Timelines

The CIHR Project Grant registration deadline is February 16, 2022.

Traditional Peer Review Model

INTERNAL DEADLINES FOR APPLICANT TO SUBMIT FOR REVIEWER TO SEND BACK
February 16– Abstract Submission Deadline  
February 24– Abstract Review Deadline  
March 2 – Full Application Submission for Review Deadline  
March 9 - MRA Deadline  
March 10 - Reviews returned to applicant  
March 16 – CIHR Deadline  

Pilot Panel Review

     
INTERNAL DEADLINES FOR APPLICANT FOR REVIEWER PANEL LEAD
February 16 - Abstract Submission Deadline    
February 18 - Application Assigned    
February 24 - Full Application Submission for Review Deadline    
March 9 - MRA Deadline    
Early March -  Application Review Meeting Held
March 16 – CIHR Deadline    

The CIHR Project Grant Full Application Sponsor Deadline is March 16, 2022.

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