“I hope you write a blog post about the shameful time NSERC is wasting for all of us dealing with the Canadian Common CV website!!!” My friend was referring to NSERC’s new “Portal” to be used to “manage application and peer review processes, acceptance of awards, notification of results and reporting.” But first you have to enter your Canadian Common CV (CCV), which will replace the standard Form 100 for researcher’s Personal Data. Now I confess that I still haven’t used the new system yet. My next application for a research grant is one year away, but more significantly, I was discouraged by the following NSERC bulletin. “We strongly encourage the research community to start entering their data once the template is available as it can be time consuming to populate the fields the first time.” I figured that if they are warning us about how time consuming it is, then this must be even more daunting than some of the grueling data collections and surveys they have subjected the research community to (without warning) in the not so distant past. Then came this.
“I have to drill down to my bachelor’s degree to give a supervisor’s name (don’t have one, duh! so enter “NA”) and then create fictitious start and end dates for my non-existent supervisory experience. This goes on and on for every aspect of one’s life ….”
Another colleague had the following experience.
“I notice that the application process now has the following mandatory question: ”Field of Application.” When you click the help button to find out what this question means, you get the following text:
“The field of application is the scientific, social, economic, cultural, or political area where the research can be applied, most of the time to help resolve a problem.”
And the answer to this question is not some arbitrary text. It has to be selected from a drop down list of possible answers such as “foreign affairs,” “state affairs,” “security,” and “construction.” The only things that are remotely scientific are information technology and some medical stuff.
I think I’m going to pick “state affairs” and “construction,” even though I am a number theorist.”
But here is the most pathetic one:
“I was amused to find Vij’s Restaurant listed as one of the 3622 possible NSERC affiliations in BC. UBC is harder to find — it only comes up if you look the The University of British Columbia. If you type in UBC, you get the Properties Trust and the Dairy Farm. It’s all just very weird.”
The main objective for the CCV is to “lighten the load on the research community when applying for funding, or for reporting purposes, on the principle that the CV data entered once by the researcher can be readily utilized in a manner that suits the requirements of any subscribing agency.”
Fair enough but “any subscribing agency?”
Oh well, I guess this is the new normal we have to get used to. In the meantime, please let us know if you have issues (or anecdotes) about this new system. And to be fair to NSERC, it is also soliciting input about the functionality of the portal.
Today, I see that “The CCV application has been redeveloped,” again.