Project Grant: Fall 2019 Peer review participants

The peer review process relies on the time and dedication of experts across the health research spectrum. For the Fall 2019 Project Grant competition, a total of 989 individuals* (including Chairs [57], Scientific Officers [110], reviewers [823]) participated in 57 peer review committees. There were also 99 early career researcher (ECR) observers present during the peer review process.

*Note: Some individuals played multiple roles, such as chairing one review panel and then acting as a peer reviewer in another, which is why the role counts may not add up to 989.

Approximately 83% (816) of the committee members are members of the College of Reviewers, which has specific membership selection criteria. As a first step, CIHR staff provided lists of suggested reviewers based on specific selection criteria, and then all reviewers (100%) were vetted by committee Chairs and Scientific Officers.

Peer review participants by sex

Female Male Undeclared

409 participated*

1289 invited to participate

589 accepted (45.7% acceptance rate)

580 participated*

1847 invited to participate

865 accepted (46.8% acceptance rate)

0 participated*

2 invited to participate

1 accepted (50.0% acceptance rate)

* Not all individuals who accepted ended up participating (based on review needs).

The figures above exclude ECR observers.

Participants by region

The following table is based on the region information of the individual’s institution. The table includes all peer review participants, excluding ECR observers.

Region Invited Accepted Acceptance Rate Participated
British Columbia 371 157 42.3% 105
Alberta 355 173 48.7% 122
Saskatchewan 55 37 67.3% 24
Manitoba 108 54 50.0% 40
Ontario 1223 593 48.5% 406
Québec 771 349 45.3% 237
New Brunswick 17 8 47.1% 5
Nova Scotia 95 39 41.1% 27
Prince Edward Island 3 0 0.0% 0
Newfoundland and Labrador 29 14 48.3% 8
International 88 25 28.4% 14
No province or territory specified 23 6 26.1% 1

Participants by pillar

The following table is based on the self-reported primary research pillar of peer review participants, excluding ECR observers.

Pillar Participants Proportion
Biomedical (Pillar 1) 597 60.4%
Clinical (Pillar 2) 171 17.3%
Health systems/services (Pillar 3) 103 10.4%
Social/Cultural/Environmental/Population Health (Pillar 4) 109 11.0%
Uncategorized 9 0.9%

Note: The proportions of peer review participants by pillar reflect the types of applications submitted to the competition. For more information, please visit the competition results page.

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