Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences

Promoting and advancing molecular understanding of biology

Doing the Double-Double by 2019.
Petition to double open operating grants.

CSMB Photo


The Scientific Community Responds to CIHR's Proposed Reforms to the Open Suite of Programs and to the Peer Review Process

Updated: May 1, 2012

Dear Colleagues,

On February 9, 2012, CIHR released a document describing proposed changes to the open suite of programs and the peer review process. If implemented, these proposals will introduce broad-ranging and fundamental changes to the mechanisms by which operating grant funds are distributed. We urge all members of the "CIHR community" to carefully examine the proposals  and to respond to the on-line poll established by CIHR. In addition, considering the inherent limitations of prescribed questions, we encourage you all to personally or collectively communicate your views directly to CIHR.

We also encourage you to share your views of these proposals and so this site has been set up for that purpose. We believe that the proposed changes would represent the most significant changes since CIHR was established and therefore merit a careful examination from all possible perspectives. Your views will be especially valuable at this time in helping to shape policies that will enable Canadian research community to sustain it's enviable reputation on the international stage.

  1. March 14, 2012 - U. of Toronto, Dept. of Biochemistry, Research Committee
  2. 16 Mach 2012, Jacques Cote, Laval University, Cancer Research Center
  3. March 20, 2012 - University Affairs
  4. March 21, 2012 - McGill Univeristy
  5. March 27, 2012 - Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation
  6. March 27, 2012 - UBC Junior Investigator Response Letter
  7. March 30, 2012 - Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
  8. April 2, 2012 - UBC - Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
  9. April 7, 2012 - The Lancet Editorial - Vol 379 "Catastrophic neglect of the basic sciences in medicine"    
  10. April 20, 2012 - CSMB Response Letter to CIHR Reforms - Sent to Drs. A. Beaudet and J. Aubin
  11. April 23, 2012 - UBC - Biochemistry Department
  12. April 23, 2012 - Mike Tyers - Université de Montréal
  13. April 26, 2012 - University of British Columbia - Department of Medicine Response to CIHR
  14. April 26, 2012 - Research Canada Letter to RC Members re CIHR Reforms
  15. April 27, 2012 - Laval University and Québec University Hospital - CIHR Letter
  16. May 1, 2012 - Universite de Montreal, Department de biochimie

Further updates from CIHR on the proposed changes to the open suite and peer review process

Contact Us
17 Dossetter Way,
Ottawa, ON K1G 4S3

Tel. (613) 421 7229
Fax. (613) 421 9811