Become a College member

College members are recognized experts in their fields and are committed to the health research funding landscape. The College will facilitate member participation in peer review while ensuring predictable and manageable workloads. It will support members with learning and mentoring programs as well as review quality tools to promote excellence in peer review.

The College of Reviewers (College) began enrolment of Members in June 2017. Initial enrolment efforts focused on individuals who fully met the Membership Selection Criteria (listed below) through a phased-in approach. Ongoing and future enrolment efforts will be more targeted to address any equity, demographic and expertise gaps in membership. The College continues to work closely with research institutions to bolster participation and recognition.

The College is developing capacity through its Membership Progression Program to allow those individuals who do not currently meet all of the academic membership selection criteria to become a part of the College. The program provides an opportunity for new or less experienced reviewers to build the reviewing skills and experiences necessary to be eligible to obtain full College Member status. Those invited to join the College as an Associate Member are provided with the training and support to develop their reviewing skills, as well as the direct hands-on peer review experience to reinforce how to conduct quality reviews. Recruitment of Associate Members will begin in February 2018.

Membership selection criteria

  • Indigenous Health Research

    Under development: Will be based on criteria and processes proposed by the Reference Group on Appropriate Review of Indigenous Health Research

    Appropriate peer review of Indigenous health research requires varied expertise from:

    • Elders, knowledge guardians and keepers;
    • Community-based Indigenous researchers working for and with their communities; and
    • Academic scholars - researchers engaged in Indigenous community health research.
  • Academics*
    • Review experience: participated in at least two peer review roles at CIHR or other recognized organization
    • Knowledge and experience: Knowledge and experience within CIHR's mandate
    • Research/Professional experience: academic/professional appointment; and at least one federally funded (or equivalent) peer reviewed grant as a Principal Investigator

    * Individuals that do not currently meet all of the Academic selection criteria for College Membership may be eligible for Associate Membership. Please consult the Membership Progression Program for details.

  • Knowledge Users
    • Review experience: participated in at least two peer review roles at CIHR or other recognized organization
    • Knowledge and experience: knowledge and experience within CIHR’s mandate
    • Research/Professional experience: academic/professional appointment (as appropriate)
  • Patients and Caregivers

    Under development: Work is underway to develop criteria that recognize patients and caregivers and the unique contributions they bring to peer review

Membership roles and responsibilities

In order to ensure the highest standards of confidentiality, integrity and transparency in peer review are upheld, the College Member Roles and Responsibilities defines and clarifies expectations for members participating in peer review roles and activities on behalf of the College.

How to become a College member

If you are interested in becoming a member of the College or would like to nominate a candidate for consideration, we encourage you to contact us at college@cihr-irsc.gc.ca. All candidates will be assessed as per the Membership Selection Criteria and asked to complete a Reviewer Profile. Individuals that do not currently meet all of the Academic selection criteria for College Membership may be eligible for Associate Membership. Please consult the Membership Progression Program for details.

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