Mock Review Template
Mock Review Toolkit – Project Grant Competition: Running the Simulation

For Facilitators: This template must be attached to the At-Home Reviews email which provides Reviewers with the applications they are to review.

Please Note: This template is not used in the Project Grant competition and is only provided for training purposes.

Reviewer Name  
Application Number  

Rating / Cote

Provide a preliminary rating of that application based on your assessment. This is a combined rating for all three adjudication criteria. Please ensure that you consider your assessment of all criteria in your rating.

Criterion Rating (0.1 to 4.9)
Significance and Impact of the Research  
Approaches and Methods  
Expertise, Experience and Resources  

Written Review

Provide a critical assessment of the application by stating the strengths and weaknesses of the project, as well as constructive feedback based on the evaluation criteria described in the peer review manual.

Summary of Application (in your own words)  
Strengths and Weaknesses  

Integration of Sex and Gender

While you are expected to include comments on the overall integration of sex and/or gender as part of the strengths and weaknesses of the proposal, you are also asked to indicate your appraisal of the integration of sex as a biological variable and gender as a socio-cultural determinant of health as a strength, weakness, or not applicable to the proposal.

Please place an “X” in the appropriate box to indicate your appraisal

Strength Weakness Not Applicable

Please provide recommendations to the applicants on how they might improve the strength of their applications with respect to the integration of sex and gender (if applicable).

Sex and Gender Considerations  

Budget Assessment

As a participant of the mock review simulation, you will not comment on the budget discussion at the peer review meeting, unless you are participating in an internal review simulation in which real applications were provided by your institution. If this is the case, you are encouraged to review the requested budget to determine if it is appropriate to support the project as described in the application and if it is realistic and well-justified.

Budget Recommendation  

Rating Scale

The rating scale is from 0.0-4.9. The table below outlines the rating scale and definitions. Reviewers are encouraged to use the full range of the scale.

Descriptor Range Outcome
Outstanding 4.5 – 4.9 The application excels in most or all relevant aspects. Any short- comings are minimal.
Excellent 4.0 – 4.4 The application excels in many relevant aspects, and reasonably addresses all others. Certain improvements are possible.
Good 3.5 – 3.9 The application excels in some relevant aspects, and reasonably addresses all others. Some improvements are necessary.
Fair 3.0 – 3.4 The application broadly addresses relevant aspects. Major revisions are required.
Poor 0.0 – 2.9 The application fails to provide convincing information and/or has serious inherent flaws or gaps.
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