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Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Open Suite of Programs and Peer Review Enhancements. University of Manitoba February 14, 2012. Objectives of the Discussion. To provide a high-level overview of the proposed design for the new Open Suite of Programs and Peer Review Enhancements.
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University of Manitoba
February 14, 2012
The Canadian health research community and other stakeholders have also told us that they are looking for change. A number of challenges have been identified:
New Open Suite of Programs will be structured into two separate, complimentary funding schemes:
The Foundation/Programmatic Research Scheme is about funding people. The assessment criteria in this scheme would be based on the caliber of the applicants and their vision for their program of research. We want provide longer-term support with the freedom to create, change, and re-direct research efforts, as required.
The Project Scheme is about funding ideas. The assessment criteria in this scheme would be based on the quality and originality of the idea. We want to ensure that there are opportunities for all types of researchers to bring forward proposals from all areas of health research.
Both schemes would involve a multi-phased competition process that promotes gated submissions with specific application criteria at each stage.
The new Open Suite of Programs would be supported by a College of Reviewers– a bank of trained specialists, generalists and lay reviewers who would be matched to specific applications.
The Proposed Design
This funding profile illustrates that the majority of grantees held less than $150K of in-year funding in 2010-11. The average value of an individual grant is approximately $123K per year.
An example of the proposed multi-phased competition process for the Project Scheme
An illustrative scenario….
Approx. 5000 apps are received
They are reviewed by some 500-800 reviewers
Approx. 2500 apps progress to stage 2
Those are reviewed by approx. 500-800 reviewers
Approx. 955 project grants are awarded
How can CIHR and research institutions work together to maximize the overall impact researchers have through their programs of research?
What will be the impact of using a gated submission process on your internal processes?
What other types of meaningful incentives would institutions be willing to provide to peer reviewers?
Are there any other transition considerations CIHR should be aware of?
We invite you to join us in an on-going, active and production discussion about the proposed new Open Suite of Programs and peer review enhancements over the coming weeks.