Is an Announcement
The next intake of proposals for Internal Review will take place in July/August in support of the Fall Project Grant competition
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.
The next intake of proposals will take place in July/August in support of the Fall Project Grant competition. To participate, applicants must complete the registration form and submit a 10-page draft Research Proposal including the 1-page Research Summary one week prior to the scheduled meeting date (TBD, August, 2019).
Peer-to-Peer 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 must read the 1-page 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 multiple Internal Review meetings at the UBC Point Grey campus in early August.
Reviewer Feedback & Internal Review
In partnership with UBC’s Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO), SPARC has introduced a pilot training program 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.
Participants admitted into the training program must successfully complete a series of intensive workshops and work assignments designed to develop proficiency in the CIHR Project Grant program and for conducting quality reviews. Proposals are then assigned to 2 PDFs for review using SPARC’s ‘Applicant Feedback’ worksheet and the reviews discussed for quality control at a mock, CIHR Peer Review Committee meeting. A spokesperson for the committee then participates in the subsequent, in-person applicant meeting to discuss the proposals. In all, each proposal receives 2 sets of written feedback, discusison notes and faculty participants have the opportunity to discuss the feedback for 20 minutes at the peer-to-peer discussion group meeting.