Tri-Agency Interdisciplinary Peer Review Committee

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) are committed to supporting interdisciplinary, investigator-initiated research projects. The Tri-Agency Interdisciplinary Peer Review Committee is part of the tri-agency response to recommendations made in the Fundamental Science Review [ PDF (7.91 MB) - external link ] to ensure the agencies have robust mechanisms to review and support interdisciplinary research.

Building on their existing high quality peer review processes, SSHRC, CIHR and NSERC are launching a one-year pilot of a Tri-Agency Interdisciplinary Peer Review Committee. This committee provides an option for researchers working in interdisciplinary research to direct their application to a committee with expertise from across the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, engineering, and health sciences. Individuals applying for SSHRC Insight Grants, CIHR Project Grants, and NSERC Discovery Horizons Grants will be eligible to be reviewed by this new interdisciplinary peer review committee.

Please review the details below to learn more about this pilot. For details about how the new interdisciplinary peer review committee will apply to the specific competitions, please consult the relevant granting agency website:

Eligibility

Please see the eligibility requirements of the funding opportunity (SSHRC Insight Grant, CIHR Project Grant, or NSERC Discovery Horizons Grant) to which you are applying. Note that applicants (or applicant teams) cannot submit an identical project to more than one agency.

Application Relevance

The agencies recognize that the terms “multidisciplinary,” “transdisciplinary,” and “interdisciplinary” have different connotations and their usage across and between research disciplines can vary. For the purpose of the pilot, “interdisciplinary” is used as an umbrella term to refer to all three concepts inclusively.

Applications considered relevant for review by this committee must represent research across disciplines and subject areas pertaining to two or more of the (1) social sciences and humanities, (2) natural sciences and engineering, and (3) health and wellness, and that clearly articulate interdisciplinary approaches.

Shared Peer Review Committee

While the three funding opportunities (Insight Grant, Project Grant, Discovery Horizons Grant) have distinct timelines and processes, this pilot will bring relevant applications together in one shared interdisciplinary peer review committee. Please note that applications reviewed by the Tri-Agency Interdisciplinary Peer Review Committee remain within the funding opportunity to which they were submitted, while benefiting from the broad interdisciplinary expertise of the committee.

Please consult the relevant granting agency website for competition-specific timelines and requirements.

The Tri-Agency Interdisciplinary Peer Review Committee will be composed of peer reviewers active in interdisciplinary research who will be recruited in response to the applications that are submitted and deemed relevant to be reviewed through this committee, including experts from the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, engineering, and health sciences fields.

Details of the shared peer review process can be found below:

How to Apply

Applicants should submit their application to the funding opportunity – SSHRC Insight Grant, CIHR Project Grant, or NSERC Discovery Horizons Grant – that supports the research project’s dominant research discipline or area. Applicants should refer to this guide on Selecting the Appropriate Federal Granting Agency to determine which agency’s mandate aligns best with their proposed research.

Timelines

SSHRC Insight Grants CIHR Fall 2021 Project Grant NSERC Discovery Horizons Grant
Full Application: October 1, 2021 Registration: August 2021 Letter of Intent: June 15, 2021
  Full Application: September 2021 Full Application: October 18, 2021
Committee Meeting: Winter 2022
Notices of Decision: Spring 2022

Funding Decisions

While applications from the three funding opportunities will be reviewed by the shared Tri-Agency Interdisciplinary Peer Review Committee, funding decisions will be made, funding will be provided, and grants will be administered by the agency to which the application was submitted, in accordance with that agency’s respective guidelines and decision making processes.

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