Information for referees
The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships (Banting PDF) program of Canada provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to the country's economic, social and research-based growth. For more information about the program, please refer to About Us.
The objective of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is to:
- attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally
- develop their leadership potential
- position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow
Application for this fellowship includes the assessment from three (3) referees. Please refer to the application guide for more details.
Banting PDF applications are reviewed by one of three multidisciplinary selection committees based on broad discipline areas: Health, Natural Sciences and/or Engineering or Social Sciences and/or Humanities.
Selection Committee members consider referee assessments as part of their overall review and to corroborate their evaluation of the application. The assessments therefore, play a critical role in the review process. There are three parts to this assessment:
- Applicant's research excellence and demonstrated leadership.
- Merit of the proposed research
- Suitability of the proposed research environment
Providing examples/evidence to support the assessment in comparison to the norms particular to the research area(s) is very useful. The following are some examples of useful information:
- Detailing where knowledge gaps exist in the discipline related to the proposal
- Avenues for research dissemination – norms for the discipline
- Authorship norms on publications for the discipline
- Impact of applicant’s past contribution, etc.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide referees with the information that they need in order to complete their assessments
Limiting Unconscious Bias
Biases may manifest themselves in several ways and could be based on a school of thought, fundamental versus applied or translational research, areas of research or approaches (including emerging ones), size or reputation of a participating institution, age, language, personal factors or gender of the applicant.
Referees are cautioned against any judgment of an application based on such factors, and asked to constantly guard against the possibility of implicit bias influencing their assessment or the review of the application by the selection committee.
The Tri-agencies are actively engaged in increasing gender equity in their review processes.
Please refer to these tips to reinforce standards of fairness, respect and equity.
Request for an assessment
Referees will receive a request via e-mail from ResearchNet (an application platform used by the Banting PDF program) with instructions on how to link to the assessment form.
Deadline for the assessment
The referee assessment should be submitted via ResearchNet no later than the deadline date displayed in yellow on the online referee assessment page. This deadline is set to 2 days prior to the applicant's submission deadline to allow sufficient time for the applicant to submit the application. The system, however, will remain open for referees to submit their assessments until the application deadline date.
Applicants will not be able to submit their applications if the assessments are not received by this deadline.
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