CIHR Project Grants

CIHR Project: Internal Review

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SPARC Internal Review aims to strengthen and accelerate the development of new and/ or revised grant proposals by inviting peer feedback on the project concept and study design elements. Applicants seeking input on a proposal’s unique value proposition or insight on the feasibility, originality and/or urgency of the proposed research study are encouraged to register. 

To participate, applicants must complete the registration form below and submit a 10-page draft Research Proposal plus the 1-page Research Summary one week prior to the scheduled meeting date (Tuesday, August 2nd).

Discussion groups: Applicants (i.e. faculty members) will be assigned to a discussion group (3-4 individuals) based on their area of research (CIHR Theme and/ or Institute). Each discussion group participant will read 3-4 Research Summaries and attend a 2-hour in-person/ Skype meeting to discuss the proposals (20 minutes per proposal). No written feedback is required from the participants.

In order to provide flexibility and accommodate the short lead-time to the application deadline, SPARC will coordinate two Internal Review meetings on TBD at the UBC Point Grey campus.

 

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In partnership with UBC’s Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO), SPARC is introducing a pilot training program (see link) to integrate emerging scholars into the Internal Review process in order to enrich the PDF training experience and strengthen the competitiveness UBC grant proposals. This pilot program is designed to leverage the scientific expertise of PDFs, foster the development of critical thinking skills and supplement the applicant discussion groups with feedback from subject matter experts.

Each proposal will be reviewed by 2 PDFs, and each PDF will assess a total of 2 proposals over the course of a week using SPARC’s ‘Applicant Feedback’ worksheet. A key facet to the training program is the participation in a series of intensive workshops, including participation in a mock CIHR Peer Review Committee meeting. 1-2 PDFs will also participate in the subsequent applicant face-to-face meeting to further discuss the proposal feedback. In all, each proposal will be discussed for 20 minutes at the applicant meeting and 2 sets of written feedback will be submitted to each Internal Review participant. 

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CIHR Project: SPARC Review

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SPARC (Editorial) Review is performed by experienced grant writers to increase the competitiveness of UBC submissions by providing expert feedback on the readability and reviewability of the proposal. SPARC offers two services, Registration Review and Full Review:

  • Registration Review: suggested edits on the Research Summary to optimize character/ space allocation, increase clarity and avoid possible committee/ reviewer mismatches.
  • Full Review: targeted feedback on the Research Proposal to ensure that the adjudication criteria are clearly addressed, the layout and formatting adheres to best-practice, and that impact statements are strong and compelling.

SPARC is pleased to offer this service to all applicants who intend to submit an application to the Project Grant competition. SPARC Reviews will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis* until time and/ or capacity runs out. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a proposal as soon as possible since SPARC may not be able to guarantee feedback if the majority of applications are received in the later stages of the review period. The average turnaround time for feedback is 2-3 days, depending on the application queue.

Please notify stephane.dragon@ubc.ca via email to register your intent to participate.

 


Registration Review

Summaries will be accepted for review three weeks prior to the Registration Deadline

TBD

 

Please forward the following materials for review when ready:

Review Materials (.doc)
      •  Research Summary* (1 page)
      •  Optional: Primary/ Secondary Peer Review Committee Justification (750 characters)

 

*SPARC may be able to review up to two Research Summary documents per applicant; please submit your review materials as early as possible.

 

Full Review

Proposals will be accepted for review three weeks prior to the Application Deadline

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Please forward the following materials for review when ready:

Review Materials (.doc)
      •  Research Summary (1 page)
      •  Proposal* (10 pages includes figures)
      •  References (no limit)
      •  Optional: Response to Previous Reviews (1-2 pages)
      •  Optional: Most Significant Contributions (1 page)
      •  Optional: Sex and Gender Considerations (2,000 characters)

*To allow us to plan and prioritize our workload, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit New Proposals to SPARC as early as possible to allow sufficient time for review and to incorporate feedback. SPARC will not review proposals that grossly exceed CIHR’s page limits or accept updated versions of the proposal once submitted to SPARC.


To ensure capacity and to maximize SPARC's resources, we encourage researchers who have access to strategic grant development services such as those offered by the Research & Technology Development Office (RTDO) at the BCCHR to utilize these existing support services.

 

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CIHR Project: Response to Reviews

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CIHR’s Project Grant competition allows applicants to append an optional, two-page response to outline improvements to a previously unsuccessful grant application. To maximize the impact of your revisions, SPARC will provide individualized resources to applicants to effectively structure their response and showcase the strengths of the revised proposal.

Participants are encouraged to register their intent to participate via email with Elizabeth Cheu (Manager, Research Grant Development). Participants will be required to submit a copy of the Notice of Decision, Application and Reviewer Comments in order to receive a draft response document based on SPARC's guidelines. A final review of the document can also be coordinated through SPARC Review.

Note that, for the Fall 2018 competition, this service will be available following CIHR's July 10 Notice of Decision until the Application deadline.


SPARC Contact: Stephane Dragon and Elizabeth Cheu

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CIHR Project: Workshop - Project Bootcamp

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Are you a new and/ or a first-time applicant? Do you have questions about the Project Grant competition or about SPARC’s support programs?

Group sessions or 1:1 meetings organized for faculty and support staff can be requested to review the overall competition process and discuss the registration and application requirements, adjudication criteria, peer review process and the latest changes to the Project Grant competition.

The 1-hour session is facilitated by SPARC and covers relevant competition statistics, introduces SPARC’s resources and support programs, and encourages discussion on the grant application and peer review process.

If you wish to book a 1:1 appointment to discuss specific aspects of the Project Grant program, please contact Stephane Dragon.

SPARC Contact: Stephane Dragon


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