How CIHR handles resubmissions

What is a resubmitted application?

All applications that were unsuccessful in their previous submission are considered resubmissions.

Resubmitting an application is currently permitted for Project Grant competition.

Committee members are instructed to treat all applications, including resubmissions, as new applications. This is done in an effort to ensure that all applications are reviewed relative to each other.

Resubmitting an application: Response to previous reviews

For the Project Grant Competition, applicants have the option to attach a two page "Response to previous review" to their applications. It should be noted that:

  • Although there is no auditing by CIHR staff, the responses should refer to the same research proposal previously submitted to the same funding opportunity;
  • Addressing previous reviews does NOT guarantee that the application will be better positioned to be funded as it is placed in a new competition and will be evaluated relative to new applications.

Peer Review

The Project Grant peer review process involves the evaluation of applications by a group of reviewers, who have (individually or collectively) the required experience and expertise to assess the quality and/or potential impact of the proposed research and/or research related activities, within the context of the funding opportunity objectives. These reviewers are grouped into Peer Review Committees based on their expertise and topics of applications submitted to these committees for each competition. As part of the Project Grant peer review process, for each competition, expert reviewers will review and rate their assigned applications remotely. Then, at the face-to-face committee meetings, these same reviewers will meet to streamline, discuss, and rate the applications.

As there are several peer review committees within the Project Grant competition, an application may be evaluated by a different peer review committee than that suggested by the applicant. In consultation with committee Chairs and Scientific Officers, an application may be transferred to ensure proper alignment with the committee mandate and appropriate matching of reviewer expertise. Furthermore, given the dynamic nature of committee membership between competitions, applications are not necessarily evaluated by the same peer reviewers from one meeting to the next, although every effort is made to ensure some continuity between reviews where possible.

Peer Reviewers do not have access to the previous iteration of the application, reviews, or scores, and are instructed to evaluate the application submitted as a stand-alone entity. Depending on the cohort of applications received by a committee, an application may receive higher or lower rating than in previous competition depending on how it compares to the other applications.

Funding Decisions

Upon completion of peer review, for all applications discussed, CIHR will collect the final ratings and recommendations on funding level and award term. This information will be used for funding decision-making purposes.

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