CIHR – Mock Review Toolkit 2023

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The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has announced the launch of the Mock Review Toolkit. The Toolkit is designed to allow individuals to familiarize themselves with CIHR’s peer review process by simulating the Project Grant competition. Using the Toolkit as a resource, users will be able plan, organize and run mock peer review sessions, from a light round table to a full mock review panel.

Who is it for?
The Toolkit is intended to accommodate a wide range of audiences, from university administrators looking to host a mock peer review session at their institution, to trainees, such as PhDs and postdocs, looking to learn more about CIHR’s peer review process.

What’s in the Toolkit?
The Toolkit contains the resources needed to allow a user to run mock peer review in a relatively independent manner, including:

  • three simulation models that users can follow from start to finish – with more planned for the future
  • template spreadsheets to plan logistics, including Reviewer and application assignments and the tracking of timelines and deadlines
  • template invitation emails and promotional materials for the mock review simulation
  • a conflict of interest and confidentiality agreement for both facilitators and participants
  • pre-simulation training materials and pre-recorded presentations for participants available on demand
  • mock applications, reviews and Scientific Officer notes available on demand

Have questions or want to get started?
CIHR encourages you to read through the Mock Review Toolkit. If you have any questions, please contact, or use the Toolkit’s online booking app to meet with the College to discuss how they can best support you in using the Toolkit.

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