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Call for Volunteer Experts to sit on the Alliance’s Merit Review Selection Committee(s)

The Digital Research Alliance of Canada (the Alliance) is recruiting volunteer experts for its Merit Review Committees. The success of funding calls depends on the participation of experts from the digital research infrastructure (DRI) ecosystem to review funding applications. We highly encourage volunteers from the DRI community to submit their interest in supporting these initiatives. 

The application form is at the end of this page.

The Alliance is seeking experts with varied expertise and backgrounds, including but not limited to those with expertise in equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility (EDIA). Experts from the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities are also encouraged to apply to speak to Indigenous matters in the DRI landscape.

We encourage applications from volunteer subject matter experts in all the fields, disciplines, and areas of interest, who speak French, English or both, from across Canada and internationally. We ask these individuals to come forward and provide their expertise and knowledge of DRI on these Merit Review Committees. 



  • The workload cannot be estimated at this time. It will be assessed when the LOIs or proposals are received. However, the Alliance will ensure the workload is manageable by all parties involved in the selection process. Several reviewers will be assigned to the applications. 
  • Preference will be given to volunteers who are able to assess and understand applications in both official languages (read, write, comprehension), but unilingual volunteers are welcome to apply. Members are encouraged to participate in the proposal selection committee meeting(s) via videoconferencing using the official language of their choice.
  • The adjudication meetings are being planned to take place virtually and as such, the Alliance is developing a light adjudication process, minimizing the time spent discussing applications virtually. 
  • Selected Merit Review Committee members will be asked to participate in unconscious bias training, take part in a virtual onboarding session and potentially additional training as required (e.g., OCAP training). 

Applications in digital humanities, social sciences, Indigenous research and/​or other research areas underutilizing the national DRI or underserved community are strongly encouraged.

If you are interested in participating in the Alliance’s Merit Review Committees, please fill out the form below. 

For questions or for more information, contact us at the following email address: funding-​

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