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Peer review, for the purposes of this schedule, refers to the review processes used by Agencies to evaluate applications for funding against established criteria. While peer review also includes activities such as providing referee/assessor reports and participating in site visits related to specific proposals, this schedule focuses on participation in advisory and selection committees.
Each Agency has established policies and guidelines for the membership of its various committees. These guidelines enunciate the principle that committees must be competent to fulfill their task, balanced in terms of regional, sectoral and gender representation and capable of reviewing applications in either official language. Each Agency has also established codes of conduct for committee members, addressing, for instance, issues of conflict of interest in research and confidentiality. These documents can be obtained on the Web site of each Agency or by contacting the Agency in question.
The Institution is encouraged to:
Each Agency will:
Membership on committees provides a unique opportunity to understand the peer review process and to develop expertise on proposal writing. Members can be invited to share this expertise with colleagues and to mentor junior faculty.
This Schedule forms part of, and complements, a Memorandum of Understanding between the Institution and the Agency/Agencies published at: www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/NSERC-CRSNG/Policies-Politiques/MOURoles-ProtocolRoles/index_eng.asp