SSHRC: Tri-agency Interdisciplinary Peer Review Committee broadened

Press Release

Inaugural year results demonstrate value of pilot

In the spring of 2021, the three federal research funding agencies—the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)— launched the Tri-agency Interdisciplinary Peer Review Committee as a one-year pilot program. This was an effort to build on the agencies’ world-class peer review processes and commitment to support interdisciplinary research, by bringing together researchers with expertise from across the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, engineering and health sciences to review proposals for interdisciplinary, investigator-initiated research projects.

Researchers applying to the SSHRC Insight Grants 2022 competition, the CIHR Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 Project Grant competitions and the NSERC Discovery Horizons 2022 competition were able to direct their applications to this pilot committee for review.

SSHRC is now pleased to announce that a fifth funding opportunity has been added to the program. Researchers applying to the SSHRC Insight Development Grants 2023 competition may now also direct their proposals to the Tri-agency Interdisciplinary Peer Review Committee for review.

In addition, after a successful inaugural year, the agencies announced on May 12, 2022, that the pilot will be extended for a second year.

Some of the projects funded through this novel approach in its inaugural year are a SSHRC Insight Grant project that explores using artificial intelligence methods for financial markets; an NSERC Discovery Horizons grant project that incorporates Indigenous Knowledge, western science and inputs from water, land, air and other living entities for aquatics management; and a CIHR Project Grant project to develop integrated and inclusive concussion assessment for youth.

Tri-agency Interdisciplinary Peer Review Committee inaugural year facts and figures

  • 36 interdisciplinary researchers served on the peer review committee
  • 106 applications reviewed:
    • 16 Insight Grants, 14 Fall 2021 and 21 Spring 2022 Project Grants, and 55 Discovery Horizons projects
  • 24 projects funded:
    • seven Insight Grants, three Fall 2021 and four Spring 2022 Project Grants, and 10 Discovery Horizons projects

Find more information, including eligibility and how to apply, on the Tri-agency Interdisciplinary Peer Review Committee webpage.

Projects funded to date through the Tri-agency Interdisciplinary Peer Review Committee

SSHRC Insight Grants:

  • Créer des musiques adaptées au HIIT et mesurer leurs effets sur la motivation des sportifs par le développement d’une app-web interactive
  • From Engagement Typologies to Engineering Career Paths: Who Takes a Non-Traditional Track and Why?
  • Financial markets, information extraction, and artificial intelligence
  • Human-Elephant Conflict in India
  • Liquid gold: Exploring the social landscape of expanding use of immune globulin in Canada
  • Testing the presence and genetic predictors of stronger placebo effect of personalised treatments
  • The Biodiversity Impact of New Crop Technologies

NSERC Discovery Horizons:

  • Discovery of biomarker signatures to accurately estimate time since death
  • Using Anishinaabe Mowin for aquatics management: 3-voices and 3-eyed seeing
  • Dynamical systems for non-invasive control of neural activity
  • Hyperspectral Compressive Sensing Spectrometer for Adult Neuromonitoring in Cardiac Surgery
  • Indigenous and decolonial quantitative methodologies
  • Novel generative active learning algorithms for exploring the space of antimicrobial peptides to respond to antibiotics resistance
  • Orbital and surface risks from rocket bodies: Physical challenges, interdisciplinary solutions
  • Photoresponsive, biocompatible materials for reconfigurable intraocular lenses
  • Restoring the volitional control of a paralyzed limb using patient-controlled spinal cord stimulation
  • Understanding the neurocognitive mechanisms of learning culturally unfamiliar music

CIHR Project Grant:

  • Analysis of Opioid-Induced Osteoporosis and Associated Impacts on Intracortical Porosity and Bone’s Cellular Organization
  • Return to play with R2Play: an integrated and inclusive concussion assessment for youth
  • An integrative approach for biotechnological production of next-generation anticancer agents
  • Artificial Intelligence to Monitor Radiotherapy Efficacy and Complications through Imaging Technology (AI-REACT)
  • Design and implementation of novel multimodal electrodes for neural precursor activation to promote neural regeneration
  • Precise point-of-care testing devices for diagnosis and prognosis of ovarian cancer
  • The THRIVE study: Toronto Hospitals Reducing Injury from ViolencE—A Feasibility Intervention and Evaluation Study


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