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 tab (left) for peer review requests and submission dates for each competition.

Currently matching applicants for the IDG 2018 (Request deadline is passed).

Scroll below for details of the review and submission process 

If you have trouble with the 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. Name of the faculty members who reviewed a previous version of your proposal, if applicable
    8. 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
    9. 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)
    10. Indicate if the proposed research will fit SSHRC's Aboriginal Research or Research-Creation definitions
    11. Si votre proposition est en français
    12. If there is anyone at UofA who should not review your proposal

Submission information and timeline For Peer Review and IDG Proposal Submission (2017)

  • Dec 6, 2017, 4 pm: Deadline for registration/request participation in Peer Review. 
  • Dec 21, 2017, noon: Deadline for submission of document (single pdf) to the Peer Reviewer(s).
  • Jan 11, 2017, 4pm: Date by which the peer review should be returned to you, and you arrange to meet your peer reviewer(s) for coffee. 

Submission for peer review:

You should plan to submit the 'preview' document generated by the SSHRC IDG portal, along with the documents you intend to attach (ie Detailed Description, Timeline), as a single pdf. Fill in as much of the IDG application form's fields as possible. If the SSHRC preview does not include your CV, you will have to include that as well (note that for the IDG, you will need to include your CCV). Compile all of the documents into a single pdf document, labelled "IDG-yourSurname-2018" (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 reviewers' feedback. Providing the peer reviewers with your draft in the same format that it will appear to the SSHRC adjudicators will allow them to see your application information in proper context, which will enable them to emulate the SSHRC 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 2.5 cm margins. Do not compress the line heights or the fonts spacing.  

Minimally, you should provide your peer reviewers with: 

    1. Summary of Proposal [3800 characters | 1 page]
    2. Detailed Description  [max. 5 pages, attached] including the timeline [1 page] is highly recommended
    3. Roles & Responsibilities [7600 characters]
    4. Student Roles &Training [3800 characters]
    5. Knowledge Mobilization Plan [2000 characters]
    6. Funds Requested from SSHRC with Budget Justification [pages from the IDG applic]
    7. Expected Outcomes (Scholarly & Social) [1000 characters each]
    8. Benefits to Target Audiences [1000 characters]
    9. Research-Creation support material, if applicable 
Other documents, if ready, to be included: 
    1. Most Significant Career Research Contributions, including publications [be sure to say *why* they are significant], previous SSHRC Funding [and what resulted from it] and contributions to Research Training [4 pages].
    2. Funds from Other Sources 
    3. Bibliography / References Cited [max 10 pages] 
    4. Response to previous critiques [1 page / 3800 characters]
    5. If applicable, indicate if: - the research will trigger an environmental assessment under the CEAA - the research involves Aboriginal Research, or Research-Creation
* 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. 

  • Jan 23, 2018: Internal submission deadline. Your Associate Dean of Research will want to read as well as sign your proposal and the Research Services Office must review all applications before supplying the institutional signature and permitting submission of your application to SSHRC. The RSO usually sets the internal deadline at 8-10 working days before the SSHRC deadline. However, your department and your faculty will have their own internal deadlines too. Please consult your Research Facilitator and speak with your Chair, regarding internal deadlines for SSHRC applications.
  • Feb 2, 2018, 6pm mountain time: SSHRC's deadline. There is NOTHING saying you can't submit on the 1st!

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.