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CIHR will allow simultaneous grant applications

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research has lifted the restriction on researchers applying to both its Foundation Scheme for large grants and Project Scheme for smaller grants at the same time.

The rule was put in place to lighten the load on peer reviewers, but has been rescinded after researchers raised concerns. Researchers will now be allowed to submit applications to both funding schemes at the same time—but cannot submit the same or similar applications to both competitions.

The funding agency has also announced the dates for the next round of each competition, which was delayed after researchers protested over the use of virtual online peer review in the last Project Scheme round. A working group, set up this summer to overhaul the system at the insistence of health minister Jane Philpott, has resulted in the return of face-to-face peer review panels.

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