Request Peer Review

Grant Assist Program Peer Review


Peer Review is available to full-time faculty applying as Principal Investigators for the following SSHRC funding competitions:

  • Insight Development Grant
  • Insight Grant
  • Partnership Development Grant
  • Partnership Grant Stage 1
  • Partnership Grant Stage 2

Social sciences and humanities researchers applying as principal investigators to other external funding agencies are encouraged to contact the Grant Assist Program for possible peer review of their applications.

Please check the Deadlines page for peer review requests and submission dates for each competition.

Peer review matching for the IG 2020 applications is open. Be ready to share documents with your peer reviewer by Sept 8, 2020. to register for peer review, usethis link.

If you have missed the deadline for a review by a member of the Academy of Reviewers, you may be able to receive a 'last chance review'. See below.

Details of the review and submission process:

Submission information and timeline for peer review and IG proposal submission (2020)

Aug 26, noon: Deadline for registration/request participation in Peer Review. Normally, you will be informed of your matches by Sept 7, 2020.
Sept 8, noon: Deadline for submission of document (in a single pdf) to the Peer Reviewer(s). you have been matched with. You do not need to send to the GAP director.
Sept 15, 3 pm: Date by which the peer reviewers' feedback should be returned to you, and you arrange to meet your peer reviewer(s) and buy them a coffee.

Submission for peer review:

You should plan to submit the 'preview' pdf document generated by the SSHRC portal, along with the documents you intend to attach (ie Detailed Description, Knowledge Mobilization, etc), as a single pdf. Fill in as much of the IG application form's fields as possible. If the SSHRC 'preview' does not include your Web CV, you will have to include that as well. Compile all of the documents into a single pdf document, labelled "IG-yourSurname-2020" (If you don't have software to compile files into a single pdf, there are several online freeware that you can use). Recognize that you will be modifying the draft in the SSHRC portal after receiving the peer reviewer(s)' feedback. Providing the peer reviewer(s) with your draft in the same format that it will appear to the SSHRC adjudicators will allow them to read your application's content in proper context, which will enable them to emulate the SSHRC evaluation process as closely as possible. This will improve the quality of their feedback to you. Please note that with any SSHRC application, attached pages are to be in Times New Roman 12 pt (or equivalent) font with 2 cm margins. Do not compress the line heights or the fonts spacing.

Minimally, you should provide your peer reviewers with:

  1. Summary of Proposal
  2. Detailed Description including literature review and methodology.
  3. Funds Requested from SSHRC
  4. Research Team, Previous Output and Student Training. [PI's and any Co-Apps or Collaborators' roles and past contributions, including relevant previous outputs or talent development]
  5. Knowledge Mobilisation Plan
  6. Expected Outcomes / Scholarly Benefits, Social Benefits
  7. Revisions since previous application [if applicable]
  8. Brief description of any Research-Creation support material to be appended.

Other documents, if ready, to be included:

  1. CV
  2. Budget Justification
  3. Funds from Other Sources
  4. References Cited
  5. If applicable, indicate if:
  6. Research-Creation support materials or link [1 page, max].

* Please be ready to send as complete an application as you can, on time. The peer reviewers are volunteering their time, and we try to respect their own needs for scheduling their workload. You will be asked to submit your application as a single document (PDF), according to the instructions provided at time of registration for peer review.

Sept 21, 2020, 10am: RSO submission deadline. Your Associate Dean of Research will want to read as well as sign your proposal and the Research Services Office staff must review all applications before supplying the institutional signature and permitting submission of your application to SSHRC. Please confer with your Chair, regarding departmental deadlines.

Oct 1, 2020, 6pm (mountain time): SSHRC's deadline. There is NOTHING saying you can't submit earlier, and lots of reasons to do so (including overloaded servers in Ottawa).

If you have trouble with the request form:

Check that you are logged in with your UAlberta CCID. IF you are still having a problem, please send an email to the Grant Assist Program by the required deadline, with the subject heading "Peer Review Request" and including the following information (it is preferable that you copy & paste the questions below into the body of an email, and then intersperse your answers):

  1. Surname, first name
  2. Department (no acronyms please)
  3. Telephone (departmental number or cell phone, if no office line)
  4. Scholar type (Emerging / Established; check the SSHRC definitions if you are not sure)
  5. Working title of your research proposal
  6. Brief abstract indicating the research theme (100 words maximum)
  7. Required: suggestions for at least two senior faculty members (in any department) who you think would provide valuable feedback on the area of your proposed research. Three names would be better. You do not need to confer with, or even know, the people you are suggesting.
  8. SSHRC Research Group most appropriate for evaluating your proposal (you must specify one of: Group 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5. If you don't know which group covers your discipline, check in the Resource Bank)
  9. Indicate if the proposed research will fit SSHRC's Aboriginal Research or Research-Creation definitions
  10. Si votre proposition est en français
  11. If there is anyone at UofA who should not review your proposal (eg: a co-applicant, ex-spouse...)

Last Chance Review

If you missed the deadline to participate in the peer review, there may still be time to have your grant reviewed by a peer in the Grant Assist Program. Please contact Dr. Heather Young-Leslie to make the request.