ResearchNet funding decision release incident

July 15, 2016

This is to advise that, at 21:30 on July 14, 2016, a system breakdown caused by a local power failure resulted in ResearchNet releasing funding decisions for the Project Competition prematurely. In addition, reviewer names were accessible for a maximum of 49 applicants for 17 minutes. Corrective actions were immediately undertaken and the system was restored to normal operating status. Reviewer names can no longer be accessed. CIHR is in the process of advising each of the reviewers whose name could have been accessed.

At this time, competition results are being released as scheduled. CIHR sincerely regrets this situation and recognizes its significance given the importance of confidentiality in the peer review process. CIHR is currently assessing the technical cause of this incident with ResearchNet in order to ensure that it is not repeated.

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