Message to CIHR peer reviewers

October 31, 2016

Message to CIHR peer reviewers from Dr. Paul Kubes and Dr. Jeff Latimer

Dr. Paul Kubes, Executive Chair of the College of Reviewers, and Dr. Jeff Latimer, CIHR’s new Associate Vice-President, thank all the volunteers who have agreed to be peer reviewers for the current Foundation Grant and Project Grant competitions.

Together, they reflect on the peer reviewer experience during the 2015 competitions and discuss the importance of the review process. In addition, Jeff Latimer outlines CIHR’s commitments to reviewers moving forward.

Peer reviewer recruitment continues

The application deadlines for the Foundation Grant: 2016-2017 and Project Grant: Fall 2016 competitions have passed. CIHR is now focusing on matching the right peer reviewers to each application.

The success of peer review depends on the participation of accomplished professionals with a commitment to integrity, impartiality, and fairness in review. Reviewers are therefore invited based on their solid track record and in accordance with rigorous peer reviewer criteria.

Several waves of invitations have been sent to potential reviewers who meet the criteria, taking into consideration their workloads and existing commitments to review for another CIHR competition (e.g., the 2017 Fellowships competition, etc.). As CIHR goes through its matching process to assign the right applications to the right reviewers, additional invitations may be sent to fill gaps in expertise and to recruit additional individuals identified by Competition Chairs.

We are pleased to report that most of the Competition Chairs have now been recruited for both competitions. Others may be identified over the coming weeks based on the expertise requirements for each competition. Competition Chairs will soon help us identify the Scientific Officers.

If you have any questions about the peer review process, or meet the criteria and would like to state your interest in becoming a reviewer, you may send an e-mail to

Did you know that peer reviewers now have to complete a mandatory training module on unconscious bias in peer review? Learn more about all the learning material available for peer reviewers

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