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Please assess the proposal using the evaluation criteria described below. For each criterion, please provide your comments in the text box located on the Referee Report/Application for a grant (Form 140).
Note on student identification: Applicants should not be penalized for not having the specific names of students if generic information is provided. NSERC requires applicants to obtain consent forms from students before including their names on a Personal Data Form (Form 100). As this is not always feasible, applicants also have the option of providing information on students without providing their names (this information might be more generic).
Base your detailed comments on the headings provided below.
Applicants must present evidence of meaningful contributions to the field in the past six years. Referees can consider contributions made over the past 10 years for researchers with only a non-academic background in research and training (e.g., government or private sector). This criterion comprises several of the following elements that reflect the researcher’s contributions to the field:
For team applications, comment on the team as a whole, with reference to individuals as appropriate.
Highlight the strong and weak points and provide detailed comments on the following, as appropriate:
Contributions to quality training at all levels—including undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, technicians and research associates—are valued. Assessment of contributions to the training of HQP includes both the record (past) and the plans. In assessing a researcher’s “Contributions to the Training of HQP,” the following elements should be considered:
In the assessment of this criterion, the following elements should be considered: