Survey: We want to hear your thoughts on virtual versus face-to-face peer review
Message from Adrian Mota, Associate Vice-President, Research Programs (Operations)

Dear colleagues,

As I mentioned in my July update, peer review committee meetings for the Fall 2021 Project Grant competition will once again take the form of virtual discussions using Microsoft Teams. CIHR made this decision because, although vaccination rates are steadily increasing in Canada, the COVID-19 pandemic is still very much with us and we are committed to following all public health guidance.

The pandemic forced us to adapt our peer review meetings to a virtual format, and this natural experiment clearly demonstrated that face-to-face and virtual meetings both have their strengths and weaknesses.

As we turn our attention to considering what peer review at CIHR will look like post-COVID, we want to hear your thoughts on the future of peer review (strictly face-to-face? Continued use of virtual meetings? A hybrid of the two?) and your experiences with the virtual review process to date. To that end, we invite you to complete the following survey:

Take the survey

The survey is anonymous and will be open until August 6. As we always do following a Project Grant competition, we sent all those who participated in the latest competition a survey in which we asked about their experiences, including of virtual peer review. If you completed that survey, you may wish to skip this new one. We felt, however, that it was crucial to ask our entire community to weigh in on this topic: peer review is fundamental to what we do at CIHR and we need to get this right.

We will report back to you this fall with the results of the survey. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to the CIHR Contact Centre at


Adrian Mota
Associate Vice-President, Research Programs (Operations)

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