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Canada’s three research funding agencies launch new pilot committee in support of interdisciplinary research

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) are committed to supporting interdisciplinary, investigator-initiated research projects.

Building on their world-class peer review processes, the three research funding agencies have launched the Tri-agency Interdisciplinary Peer Review Committee as a one-year pilot program. It will provide an option for researchers working in interdisciplinary research to direct their applications to a committee composed of experts from across the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, engineering, and health sciences. Individuals applying for SSHRC Insight Grants, CIHR Project Grants, and NSERC Discovery Horizons Grants will be eligible for their applications to be reviewed by this new interdisciplinary peer review committee.

The launch of the Tri-agency Interdisciplinary Peer Review Committee is part of the tri-agency response to recommendations made in the final report of the Fundamental Science Review, whose goal is to ensure the agencies have robust mechanisms to review and support interdisciplinary research.

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