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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 Thursday, August 9 (2-4pm) and Friday, August 10 (10am-12pm) at the UBC Point Grey campus.
In partnership with UBC’s Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO), SPARC is introducing a pilot training program (see link) to integrate emerging scholars into its 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 orientation 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.