University of Calgary

Volunteer leaders in research

UToday HomeApril 23, 2012

Researchers and deans attended a lunch to be recognized for their efforts on Tri-Council committees.Researchers and deans attended a lunch to be recognized for their efforts on Tri-Council committees.Every year, over 100 faculty members from across campus volunteer on Tri-Council committees as leaders in their respective fields to adjudicate research proposals and nominations for major scholarships and fellowships.

Vice-President (Research) Ed McCauley hosted these faculty members for a celebratory luncheon in recognition of their contributions and dedication to Tri-Council peer-review grant and advisory committees.

“Tri-Council funding provides the backbone for research and development in Canada,” says McCauley. “Our scholars’ dedication to participating in Tri-Council processes provides an important contribution ensuring that proposals are selected on the national stage based on the highest objective standards. The fact that our scholars are invited to participate reflects their leadership and objectivity.”

McCauley says while programs at the university receive exemplary reviews from the Tri-Council, there is room for improvement in the national competitions. The experience faculty members have on Tri-Council committees deepens their understanding of the review process, and contributes to institutional success.

“Tri-Council success is the gold standard for research leadership in Canada,” says McCauley. “Much of our success stems from the active involvement of our researchers in the objective peer-review of programs at the national level. We used the opportunity provided by the recognition event to tap into the ideas of our scholars to improve our own performance in grant and scholarship competitions that will help us achieve our Eyes High goal of being a top five research university by 2016.”

The Tri-Council is a national, collaborative consortium representing three research granting agencies—the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.