CIHR Observer program for early career researchers

Opportunity for Early Career Researchers: Call for expressions of interest

CIHR is pleased to continue to offer an Observer program for early career researchers (ECRs) to participate as an observer in the peer review process of the Project Grant: Fall 2018 competition. This program is designed as an opportunity for Early Career Researchers to observe face-to-face peer review committee meetings and gain valuable insights on the review process.

Selected ECRs will be invited to observe committee meetings taking place in Ottawa as part of the review process for the Project Grant competition. There will be two ECRs per committee. As observers, the ECRs will not participate in review discussions.

The face-to-face meetings will be held in Ottawa in November and December 2018. Exact dates will be confirmed with each selected ECR once they are assigned to a committee. CIHR will cover the travel and hospitality costs for the ECR to attend the committee meeting.
To be eligible to participate in this Observer program, the ECR must be within 60 months of their first independent appointment, as of the application deadline of the Project competition, September 12, 2018.
Candidates who are submitting applications as Nominated Principal Applicant or Principal Applicant in the current Project Grant competition are eligible for this opportunity, but cannot observe the committee that is adjudicating their submission.
ECRs who previously participated in the Observer program for a Project Grant competition are not eligible to participate. All ECRs who have submitted applications to past CIHR Observer programs are required to re-submit an application to be considered in Fall 2018. Eligible applicants to the Fall 2018 Observer program will automatically be considered for the Spring 2019 Observer program.
How to apply:
To express your interest in participating in this Observer program, please send an e-mail to by August 29, 2018. In this e-mail, you must include:
  • Email subject line: Observer program Fall 2018
  • a PDF of your biosketch Common CV
  • a letter from your institution attesting that you meet the criteria to be considered as an early career researcher
  • the names of two peer review committees—in order of preference—that you would like to observe.
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