CIHR Open and Peer Review Reforms
Speaking Notes for University Delegates
The following notes have been developed to support University Delegates in communicating the
current status of the reforms with their respective communities. If you have any additional
questions, please contact the Reforms Implementation Engagement Lead, Stacey McKinnon
CIHR has initiated a process to design a new Open Suite of Programs and peer review
system to ensure the long-term sustainability of CIHR's contribution to the Canadian
health research enterprise, to remove barriers, and to enable researchers from all pillars
to improve CIHR's ability to deliver on its mandate.
CIHR is still looking at the design to determine what changes are required. There is
support for introducing two funding schemes - one that focuses on broader programs of
research and one that supports specific projects. CIHR’s Governing Council has
reaffirmed their commitment to implementing the Foundation/Programmatic Research
Scheme and the Project Scheme. The Feedback Analysis document outlining what
CIHR has heard from the community will be published in July. The design and
implementation plan will be published in the fall 2012.
It is in the specific details of the proposed changes to peer review that opinions are
divided (and at times highly polarized). CIHR will be conducting further analysis over the
summer to determine the best approach for peer review.
CIHR is committed to using pilots to test out aspects of the changes and provide an
opportunity to determine if the changes address the current challenges. CIHR recently
piloted a new peer review process for the New Investigator program and the results are
currently being analyzed. In addition, a research plan is being developed to determine
what CIHR is able to pilot and test in both the OOGP program and smaller targeted
competitions. A summary of the plan will be communicated with the community once it
has been approved.
As per the normal process, CIHR has launched the September 2012 and March 2013
The exact details on how researchers (both single and multiple grant holders) will
transition from the current Open Suite of Programs to the new funding schemes is not
yet known. We expect to announce the transition plan in the fall of 2012. CIHR is
committed to providing the community with at least one (1) year between the
announcement of the new design and the launch of the first competition. Therefore, the
earliest the first competition would be launched is December 2013.