Interim Iterative Peer Review Process for Indigenous Health Research Applications in the Fall 2016 Project Grant Competition

CIHR is working with a Reference Group on Appropriate Review Practices for Indigenous Health Research to implement an interim iterative peer review process for applications relevant to Indigenous Health for the Fall 2016 Project Grant competition.

CIHR and the Reference Group commit to reflecting on and evaluating the interim process to inform a longer term policy of iterative review and conditional funding.

The interim process for the Fall 2016 Project Grant competition will involve the following elements:

  • To be considered eligible for the iterative peer review process, applicants will need to indicate how their project addresses the principles of the Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS 2) - Chapter 9 on Research Involving the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples of Canada and Indigenous partnering community/organizational ethical guidelines through a new check box and text field which has been added to ResearchNet.
  • A Relevance Review committee, which will include a minimum of two members of the Reference Group, will determine which applications are relevant for the iterative review process. Applications that are not deemed relevant will be peer reviewed as per the regular process of the Project Grant competition.
  • Applications deemed relevant for the iterative review process will undergo Stage 1 review. Each application will be reviewed by four reviewers, with at least two having Indigenous health research expertise inclusive of the application of Indigenous knowledges to address research questions relevant to Indigenous health and wellness. Reviewers will provide their written reviews with a mentorship lens.
  • All applications involved in this process will go to Final Assessment Stage (face to face) review.
  • Resources on the Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS 2) - Chapter 9, unconscious bias, and conducting quality reviews will be made available to all peer reviewers.
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