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Federal research funding agencies announce ad hoc panel to inform guidance on the use of generative artificial intelligence in the development and review of research proposals

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November 8, 2023

Today, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) announced the establishment of an ad hoc panel of external experts that will inform guidance to the agencies and the research community on the use of generative artificial intelligence (AI) in the development and review of research proposals.

The panel, appointed by the agency presidents, will comprise the following individuals with experience and expertise in AI, ethics, research administration and related fields:

  • Mark Daley (Chair), Chief AI Officer, Western University
  • Derek Nowrouzezahrai, Associate Professor, Université de Montréal, McGill University; Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • Aimee van Wynsberghe, Alexander Humboldt Professor for Applied Ethics of Artificial Intelligence, University of Bonn (Germany)
  • Vincent Larivière, Canada Research Chair on the Transformations of Scholarly Communication, Université de Montréal
  • Charmaine Dean, Vice-President, Research, University of Waterloo
  • Richard Isnor, Associate Vice-President, Research, Graduate and Professional Studies, St. Francis Xavier University
  • Rachel Parker, Senior Director, Research, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)
  • David Castle, Professor, School of Public Administration and Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria; Researcher in Residence, Office of the Chief Science Advisor

The panel will hold several meetings in November 2023. The guidance developed based on the advice of the panel is expected to be shared with the research community by end of December 2023.

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