Vice-President, Research Grants and Scholarships Directorate, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Canada.
Isabelle Blain was appointed Vice-President of Research Grants and Scholarships in June 2002. Isabelle has direct responsibility for Canada's award programs that promote discovery and the training of highly qualified personnel in the natural sciences and engineering. The annual budget for these programs is more than $500 million. Her current priorities include the implementation of recommendations from major reviews related to the conduct of peer review, and the launch of new scholarships and fellowships programs—including the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program, Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program, and Collaborative Research and Training Experience Program.
Isabelle Blain spoke on the Peer Review process practiced and promoted at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council in Canada, which deploys great number of international experts on peer review committees, at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA).