CIHR New Early Career Researcher Observer Program: Reviewer in Training

Program Link: www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/52291.html

Sponsor: Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Description: The CIHR Reviewer in Training (RiT) program expands on and replaces the Observer program for Early Career Researchers (ECRs). The RiT program offers Early Career Researchers (ECRs) a learning opportunity to gain a better understanding of the elements of high quality review and the peer review process through direct participation in the Project Grant competition with the support of a Mentor. RiT participants will be assigned three applications to conduct practice reviews, attend the peer review meeting, present one of their reviews, and participate in the committee discussion of their assigned applications.

Following completion of the RiT program, participants will be promoted within CIHR’s Reviewer Pathway and are expected to participate in peer review when requested and available to do so. Approximately 120 applicants will be selected, by lottery, which represents two opportunities per Project Grant Program committee. CIHR is committed to equitable and inclusive participation and may implement strategies in the lottery process to enhance equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Please check your ECR status carefully because CIHR has two new policies to account for the disruptions caused by Covid-19: ‘Pausing the Clock’ and ‘Doubling of Leave Credits’.

Contact: If you have any questions, contact Stephane Dragon.