CIHR Project: SPARC Editorial Review

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 Review provides targeted feedback to ensure that the adjudication criteria are clearly addressed, the layout and presentation is well-ordered 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.


SPARC will accept proposals four weeks prior to the Application Deadline

February 1 - February 28


To participate, please notify of your intent to submit a proposal for review and email the following materials when ready.

Application Materials (.doc)
      •  Research Summary (1 page)
      •  Proposal* (10 pages includes figures)
      •  References (no page limit)
      •  Optional: Response to Previous Reviews (1-2 pages)
      •  Optional: Most Significant Contributions (1 page)
      •  Optional: Biosketch CV (.pdf)

*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 accept any updated versions of the proposal post-submission and applications which grossly exceed CIHR’s page limits will not be accepted for review.


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 BCCHR to utilize these existing support services.

Posted: Jul 06, 2017