Frequently Asked Questions

1.    Can I submit a project to both the branch and national award programs? 

The Awards Committee encourages submissions to both programs. Even if you have already applied for a branch award, consider submitting your project for national recognition as well. You may apply to both programs in the same year. 

2.    Do I have to be experienced in research to submit a project? 

No formal research experience is required to submit a project. If you have implemented and/or evaluated a program to improve patient care or have undertaken any project that may enhance the practice of pharmacy in hospitals and other collaborative healthcare settings, please submit it for consideration for a CSHP award! 

3.    Why is there a limit of two general award project submissions per person? 

The Awards Committee receives many excellent project submissions each year. Limiting the number of submissions per person each year allows recognition of excellence on the part of Members from a variety of practice sites across Canada. 

4.    Can appraisers identify who submitted a project or where the project was done? 

All projects distributed for appraisal should be blinded. Appraisers who realize that they are able to identify an author or institution are asked to contact the Membership & Awards Administrator, who will ensure that complete blinding is applied and will then send the project to another appraiser. 

5.    How are the winning projects selected? 

Ideally, each project is sent anonymously to three appraisers, who are asked to evaluate the project against the following criteria by assigning a numeric value to each: 

  • relevance to award criteria
  • originality and innovation 
  • demonstration of excellence
  • usefulness to healthcare providers, pharmacy practice or patients 
  • applicability
  • quality of the written report 

The numeric totals from the three appraisers are averaged. Within each category, the project with the highest average rating is considered for award. 

6.    If I submit a project, will I receive feedback from the appraisers assigned to review my project? 

No. The appraisers do not perform a full critique of the project (as would be the case for a journal article submission) and may not choose to provide written comments. Any comments that are supplied are directed solely to the Awards Committee for the purpose of scoring and ranking the award submissions. Furthermore, providing a peer-review mechanism for manuscripts is outside of the scope of the National Awards Program. If you wish to receive feedback on your manuscript, please consider submitting it for publication in the Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy (CJHP). 

7.  If my project wins, how will my team be recognized?

Team members who meet the submission criteria will be recognized at an awards ceremony at the Professional Practice Conference (PPC) and will receive a personalized framed certificate. The award-winning team will also receive a cash award of $1500. In addition, team members who meet submission criteria will be recognized on the CSHP website, in the CSHP eBulletin, and in the ceremony program. Finally, all team members, regardless of whether the individual meets submission criteria, will be recognized in the CJHP.  

8. What are this year’s submission deadlines? 

Please visit the awards home page for details. 

9.    Who can appraise projects? 

The only requirement for serving as a project appraiser is that you hold a professional degree in pharmacy and that your CSHP membership dues have been paid for the current year. You will also be asked to self-declare any areas of expertise. 

10.    Can I volunteer as an appraiser if I am submitting a project for an award? 

Yes. In this situation, the Awards Committee will not assign any project to you for appraisal in the same category as that to which you have submitted your own project. 

11.    If I volunteer to be an appraiser, how much time will I be asked to commit?

The appraisal process is designed so that it requires a minimum of time from volunteers. You will be given a maximum of three projects to review, and you will not be expected to provide a full critique. It is estimated that each project appraisal will take approximately 1 hour. 

12.    If I serve as an appraiser, will I be asked to review a project that is outside my area of expertise?

When assigning appraisers, the Awards Committee tries its best to match projects to the areas of expertise of the pool of appraisers (as indicated by appraisers when they initially volunteer). Occasionally, appraisers with expertise in the specific topic area of a project are not available, and you may receive a project for appraisal that is not in your area of expertise. If this occurs, and you do not think you can adequately review the project, please contact the Membership & Awards Administrator. 

13.  If I serve as an appraiser, will I receive feedback on my appraisals?

No. The National Awards Committee does not read the project submissions and hence cannot and will not comment on the quality of the appraisals. However, upon submission of your scores, you will receive a follow-up email containing a link that will allow you to see completed reviews from the other appraisers who have scored the same project. 

14. How can I register to serve as an appraiser? 

Please create an account at You will be asked to indicate your area(s) of expertise, the language(s) in which you are able to review, and whether you would like to serve as a one-time or permanent appraiser for the General Awards Program. The appraisal period runs from October to November each year. For more information, refer to the site’s Appraiser Instructions or contact the Membership & Awards Administrator.

Inquiries should be directed to :

Robyn Rockwell, Membership & Awards Administrator
Toll Free: 1 (877) 340-2756, ext. 222
Direct: (613) 736-9733