Application, review and award allocation process

Career Development Awards applications

The main criteria that the Career Development Award panels take into consideration are the applicant’s academic record, research experience, letters of reference, publication record, proposed research project/program of research and its relevance to cancer, and research training environment. For an application to receive funding, applicants must be competitive in all areas.

Applicants will be interviewed via teleconference by a member of the panel.

For the purpose of assigning reviewers, applications will be reviewed by the Chair of the designated Panel. Two reviewers are assigned to each application: one to interview the applicant and prepare a written report, the other to provide a written report only. These reports are for Panel use only and will not be transmitted to the applicants. However all applicants will receive a copy of the Panel’s Scientific Officer report that captures the salient points raised in the thorough discussion of each application.

In contrast to a grant panel where the main responsibility of the Panel is to review the proposed scientific program of research, the Panel is asked to focus primarily on the career potential of the applicant. Each Panel member will assign ratings ranging from 0 to 5, using the career development awards and responsiveness rating scales.

The applications are ranked according to the average ratings of the panel members. This allows a direct comparison of each application and to ascertain which should be recommended for funding. Applicants are reminded that 3.0 is the minimum score that an application must receive to qualify for funding and that economic constraints usually necessitate a higher cut-off score for determining the number of awards that may be awarded in a given year.

The Panel will make its recommendations to the Canadian Cancer Society’s Advisory Council on Research (ACOR) as to which applications should be funded. ACOR will then make funding recommendations to the President and CEO.

Applicants will receive notification of their application results and the results will also be posted on the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute website.

The Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute has enthusiastically endorsed the meaningful participation of Community Representatives in the panel process. Community Representatives provide accountability for the program. They are unbiased public representatives who are often cancer survivors and/or have affiliations with a cancer-related organization. Nominations are solicited from within the Canadian Cancer Society staff and volunteers, however, nominations from other cancer related organizations may be considered. Community Representatives are asked to comment on the cancer relevance, project clarity and career potential from their perspective. Their participation ensures the objectivity and integrity of the review process and assists in stewarding the donor and funders’ investment in cancer research. They do not assign ratings to the applications however their comments form part of the written Scientific Officer’s report that are provided to each applicant. Each Panel normally includes two Community Representatives.

Online forms for the Community Representative opportunity are available on the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute website.

Travel Awards applications

The main criteria that the Travel Award panels take into consideration are the quality of the proposed presentation, meeting and applicant as well as the perceived value of the applicant attending the meeting, the relevance of the presentation topic to cancer, the supervisors letter of reference, the research environment and the applicant’s research record. For an application to receive funding, applicants must be competitive in all areas.

Two reviewers are assigned to review and score each application using the travel award rating scale. Following the panel discussion of each application, all Panel members assign ratings. Applications are ranked according to the average ratings of the panel members. This allows a direct comparison of each application and to ascertain which should be recommended for funding. Applications are funded down to the cutoff of funds available for the competition.

Funding recommendations from the panel are presented to the President and CEO for approval.

Applicants will receive notification of their application results and the results will also be posted on the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute website.

Last modified on: December 22, 2015