Peer Review Observer

“There is evidence that those given observer status
are significantly advantaged for future applications.”
- CIHR’s International Peer Review Expert Panel Report, 2017

Peer Review Observer allows you to go behind the scenes and learn about the peer review process first-hand. Attending a peer review meeting improves application quality and facilitates a greater understanding of the funding process. Participants can strengthen their funding applications by hearing discussions about application strengths and weaknesses. 


Participation is open to everyone with an interest in learning about the peer review process. Researchers, graduate students, policy makers, and those who assist with writing grant applications may be particularly interested.

“I would recommend that all researchers new to Nova Scotia
and the province’s research
environment attend these sessions.”
- Dr. Derek Rutherford, Dalhousie University

All participants will complete a conflict of interest assessment and will not be permitted to observe the review of any applications with which they are in conflict.

NOTE: If you are a Principal Investigator or Team Member on an Establishment Grant or Development/ Innovative Grant application in this year’s competition, you may not observe the committee reviewing your application.  (i.e. if you are listed on a PSO application, you cannot observe the PSO committee – you may, however, observe the MED committee.)


June 6-7 2019
Health Policy, Health Services and Health Outcomes (PSO) Peer Review Committee - applications related to health policy, health services and health outcomes

June 18-19 2019
Biomedical (MED) Peer Review Committee - applications related to basic scientific and biomedical study, including clinical and epidemiological investigations.

What to Expect

Peer review committee meetings are held at the NSHRF office at Suite 905, 1660 Hollis St., Halifax, Nova Scotia. Peer Review Observers sit in the same room as the committee and listen as the reviewers critically assess applications. Each observation session is approximately 2-3 hours in length. All observers will be provided with more information during an orientation.


Register to be a Peer Review Observer by clicking here.

You will be asked to indicate your availability during registration. We will confirm your observing time when you have completed your conflict of interest assessment and the committee agenda is confirmed (in May).


Contact the Corporate Assistant, NSHRF.