The FRQS will classify the applicant as a Junior 1, Junior 2 or Senior Researcher and will notify them of their classification. On receiving such notice, applicants have 10 business days to request a review of their classification, specifying the reasons for the claim.
Classification is based on a given reference year as of which applicants demonstrate their capacity for independent research. As defined by the FRQS, this capacity is demonstrated or should have been demonstrated:
At the time when an application for the Junior 1 Research Scholars or the Career Transition Award National Institutes of Health NIH-FRQS (Phase 2) is filed,
When applicants obtain a career award comparable to a Junior 1 Research Scholar award or a grant awarded by an organization recognized by the FRQS for a project in which they are the principal investigator,
Or no later than 6 years after applicants obtained their most recent university degree (PhD, MD, DDS., etc., or an M. Sc. as a second degree by June 30, 2020) or since qualifying as a medical specialist (C.S.P.Q., FRCP).
When one of these conditions is met, applicants are classified Junior 1 with 0 years of experience, and, as of this point, the number of years of experience is updated annually. Applicants with 4 to 7 years' experience are classified as Junior 2, and those with 8 to 11 years' experience are classified as Senior. For the FRQS, each year of experience is calculated at the effective starting date of the award (July 1st).
Once the counting of years of experience has started, there is no going back. However, during the calculation of the number of years of experience, the FRQS does take into account particular situations that may cause applicants to temporarily put their research on hold (e.g. parental leave, sick leaves, professional activities not involving research: clinical, care, management, etc.) and may subtract such years when counting years of experience.
For more information, please consult the document Calculation of research experience and particular situations, available in the tool box.