Canada Research Chairs are awarded following a rigorous peer review process, in which members of the College of Reviewers assess each application and make recommendations for funding.
Three reviewers assess each initial nomination, renewal, and, if applicable, the related Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) infrastructure request. Based on these reviews, the program Secretariat makes recommendations to the Executive Director or the program's Steering Committee.
The Interdisciplinary Adjudication Committee reviews all nominations which include a justification for a Tier 2 Chair, as well as all nominations and renewals which have received one or more unfavourable assessments.
In the case of CFI infrastructure requests or cluster infrastructure requests, where the CFI funding is to be shared by two or more Chairs, the reviewers make their recommendation to the program Secretariat which is responsible for the coordination of the peer review process. The Secretariat communicates the recommendation to the CFI, which makes the final decision.
The Secretariat will send you a review package that includes all the documents you will need to complete your review. You can return your review to the Secretariat by post, fax or email.
If you prefer the convenience of using our online review form, please follow the instructions below.
Instructions for Peer Reviewers and Online Review Form
|Step 1 - Familiarize yourself with the Chairs program|
If you are reviewing a renewal request, please read:
If applicable, also familiarize yourself with the detailed description related to:
|Step 2 - Study the nomination material|
- Strategic Research Plan (SRP) Summary
Universities submit an SRP outlining their priority research areas and their plans for the Chair. Reviewers must assess the fit of the proposed Chair with the university's SRP. Please read the SRP Summary for the nomination, or renewal, which you are reviewing. This document is also included in your review package.
- Nomination/Renewal form
Review the nomination or renewal form, and, if applicable, the CFI infrastructure request.
These documents are not available online. They are only included in your review package.
|Step 3 - Complete the review|
Use the PIN and password included in your review package to access the online reviewer report form and instructions.
To safeguard your anonymity, please ensure that you do not identify yourself through your comments or indicate your name within the text of your review. Once the peer review of the nomination is complete, the text of your appraisal will be sent to the institution and the nominee exactly as submitted by you (i.e. without any changes or edits).
Missing your PIN and password?
Please contact the Canada Research Chairs Secretariat by email at email@example.com or by telephone at 613-943-3087.