CIHR Reviewer in Training (RiT) Program 2022 for Early Career Researchers

Deadline: August 12th, 2022, 23:59 Eastern time.

CIHR Reviewer in Training (RiT) Program 2022 for Early Career Researchers

The CIHR Reviewer in Training (RiT) program 2022 offers Early Career Researchers (ECRs) a learning opportunity to gain a better understanding of the elements of high quality review and the peer review process through direct participation in the Project Grant competition with the support of a Mentor. RiT participants will be assigned up to three applications to conduct practice reviews, attend the peer review meeting, present one review, and participate in the committee meeting.

Canada Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Program Parameters

RiT participants will be required to complete three learning modules:

Additional supporting materials for conducting reviews, such as the peer review guide, committee’s mandate, reviewer webinars, and the funding opportunity details will be provided to successful applicants.

Each participant will be assigned up to three applications to review based on their self-declared ability to review. Participants will also be assigned a Mentor who will be available to provide advice and support throughout the review process. Participants must submit their reviews to their Mentor before the meeting with sufficient time for the Mentor to provide feedback on review quality.

Participants will attend the committee meeting, where they will have an opportunity to present one review noting that only the most competitive applications are discussed at a committee meeting. The meeting participation parameters may vary to fit the committee context while still achieving the principles of the program.


  • Participants will receive an allowance of $50 per day to cover out-of-pocket expenses incurred while participating in these meetings.


To be eligible to participate in the RiT program, individuals must meet CIHR’s definition of an ECR and be working at a Canadian institution as of the application deadline of the Project Grant competition, September 14, 2022.

Candidates who are submitting applications as a Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA) or Principal Applicant (PA) in the current Project Grant competition are eligible for this opportunity but will not be selected for a committee to which they have submitted an application or the committee that is adjudicating their submission.

ECRs who have previously participated in the RiT program, reviewed for the Project Grant competition, or are full members of the College of Reviewers are not eligible to apply.

How to Apply

To express your interest in participating in this RiT program, please click on the button below, “CLICK HERE TO APPLY” to fill out an application by August 12th, 2022, 23:59 Eastern time.

Step 1: Note, before completing the application you will need the following:

  • your CIHR PIN
  • a PDF of your biosketch Common CV (draft CCVs are not accepted)
  • a letter from your institution attesting that you meet the criteria to be considered as an Early Career Researcher
  • the names of two peer review committees – in order of preference – that you would like to participate on for which you have the appropriate expertise to review

All submissions will receive an acknowledgement email within five business days of receipt of the application.

Step 2: ECRs expressing interest will be required to complete their Reviewer Profile within two weeks of receiving their acknowledgement email.

It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that their application is complete – applications that are incomplete will not be considered.

All individuals who express their interest will be informed of the results by September 23, 2022.

Application information submitted for this opportunity may be shared with other areas of CIHR for consideration in similar opportunities.


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