CIHR Project: Internal Review Training Program
In line with CIHR's Postdoctoral Peer Review Training Pilot Program to train and support PDFs as reviewers, a pilot program has been co-developed with the PDFO to integrate emerging scholars into SPARC’s Internal Review process in order to enrich the PDF training experience and strengthen the competitiveness UBC grant proposals.
The following postdoctoral fellows (PDFs) were admitted into the voluntary training program and will contribute their scientific expertise as subject matter experts in SPARC’s Internal Review process.
Dr. Christopher Turner, PhD
Dr. Jenna van Draanen, PhD
Dr. Nicholas Weilinger, PhD
Dr. Kellie Woll, PhD
Dr. Tamara Bodnar, PhD
Dr. Esther Maas, PhD
Participants who have successfully completed the program will have the opportunity to join the virtual community of internal reviewers and will be invited to lead a session of the training program. By participating in the training sessions, alumni will have the opportunity to share their insights and personal experience in the program, and mentor the next cohort of reviewers. It is expected that participating alumni will further develop leadership and mentorship skills, and that the new program participants will have the opportunity to interact and learn from their peers.
Session 1: PDFs will be introduced to the CIHR Project Grant program and to the principles and policies guiding CIHR Peer Review:
- Project Grant Program Requirements
- Adjudication Criteria and Peer Review Manual
- Principles of Peer Review
- Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Agreement for Peer Reviewers
- Learning Modules for Participants in Peer Review
Session 2: PDFs will undertake a mock review of a previously reviewed Project Grant proposal following SPARC’s ‘Applicant Feedback’ worksheet and will study the evolution of the proposal from an early draft to a successful submission.
Session 3: At the conclusion of the training sessions, PDFs will participate in a CIHR-structured, peer review committee meeting to discuss the proposals submitted to SPARC's Internal Review program. SPARC will facilitate the review meeting with the assistance of a Chair selected from the Alumni Network. The Chair will facilitate the group discussion and seek consensus from the reviewers on the overall strengths of each proposal and the key areas for improvement.
Session 4: A designated PDF spokesperson will participate in the subsequent applicant discussion groups to share key points from the PDF review meeting.
Session 5: At the conclusion of the training program, the PDFO and SPARC will co-host a luncheon for PDFs to network and share their learning experience. A gift card and a letter of acknowledgement from the Office of the VP-Research and Innovation will be provided in recognition of the effort and successful completion of the training program. It is expected that PDFs who complete the program will gain valuable grantsmanship skills, grant review experience, and networking opportunities.
In line with the assessment of CIHR’s pilot PDF peer review training programs, similar evaluation surveys were developed to determine the effectiveness of the training program and assess the quality and relevance of the feedback provided by the PDF reviewers. The results of the surveys are available in this summary report.