Peer Review Observer provides the opportunity for researchers and those with an interest in research to learn about the peer review process through first-hand observation of peer review committees during their deliberations.

What to expect

As an observer you’ll sit in the same room as the peer review committee and listen to reviewers critically assess applications. While the committee deliberates you’ll gain insight on what makes a strong application and deepen your understanding of the funding process.

Peer review committee meetings will be held at the Research Nova Scotia office located at 1660 Hollis St., Suite 905, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Each observation session is approximately 2-3 hours in length. All observers will be provided with more information during an orientation.

Conflicts of interest

All observers are required to complete a conflict of interest assessment and will not be permitted to observe the review of any applications with which they are in conflict. We will confirm your observing time when you have completed your conflict of interest assessment and the committee agenda is confirmed (in May).

NOTE: If you are a principal investigator or team member on an Establishment Grant or Development/ Innovative Grant application in this year’s competition, you may not observe the committee reviewing your application.  (i.e. if you are listed on a PSO application, you cannot observe the PSO committee – you may, however, observe the MED committee.)

Registration for the 2019 Peer Review Observer Program has closed.


Please direct questions to:
Trish Cormier
Corporate Assistant
(902) 424-3054