Update on the 2015 Foundation live pilot competition

(2015-09-04) On July 27, 2015 the registration to the second Foundation live pilot competition closed. CIHR received 1053 registrations to the competition. We are actively recruiting for peer review to conduct the Stage 1 application review.

We would also like to inform the research community that based on the results of the first Foundation live pilot and other consultations, CIHR has made a number of refinements to Stage 1 of the 2015 Foundation live pilot competition that include:

  • Increasing limits and adding new sections to the Foundation Scheme CV to allow applicants to highlight a greater number of relevant activities such as publications, presentations and memberships.
  • Refining the Stage 1 Interpretation Guidelines: Foundation Scheme Adjudication Criteria to assist reviewers in applying the Stage 1 adjudication criteria across all career stages, as well as to assist applicants in structuring their applications around these criteria.
  • Having new/early career investigators assessed separately and ranked against other new/early career investigators at all stages of the competition. As in the previous competition, the application process and peer review for this cohort will be fully integrated within the competition as a whole with no additional steps being required on the part of the applicants. The same Adjudication Criteria will apply to all and as stated above, the Interpretation Guidelines have been refined to assist reviewers to apply these across all career stages.

Updated supporting materials that reflect these changes are now available on CIHR's website.

CIHR is continuing to analyze feedback in order to make further refinements to the Stage 1 review process and to Stage 2 in the coming months. Changes to Stage 2 will be communicated as they are made. A final report on the results of the 2014 Foundation live pilot competition will be shared with the research community after the analysis is complete.

Please visit the CIHR website to learn more about the Reforms of Open Programs and peer review processes. If you have any questions please contact support@cihr-irsc.gc.ca.

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