Future Leaders Fellowships Peer Review College

Closing date
4 November 2022
Length of term
Open ended
Time commitment
Three hours per review, up to four reviews per round
Outcomes communicated date
December 2022

Reviewer input is a vital element of the peer review process, providing essential expert review and assessment of the applications we receive each year.

Carrying out Peer Review College (PRC) training and undertaking reviews will provide you with in-depth knowledge of our peer review processes and principles, helping you to further increase your knowledge of reviewing and proposal writing.

You will be a part of the decision-making process and get a broad view of the novel ideas coming through the funding pipeline in your area.

Please ensure that you are registered with the Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system and that your account is up to date before applying, especially your current organisation and email address.

Who we’re looking for

The Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) Peer Review College (PRC) membership reflects the breadth of disciplines and subjects across UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

By joining us, PRC members take on a fundamental role in the peer review process, ensuring that the highest quality research proposals receive funding in accordance with robust and transparent decision-making processes.

We are now inviting applications to join the FLF PRC, with a key objective to further diversify our membership and address remit expertise gaps.

Applications are invited from eligible individuals at all career stages, including from early career researchers (ECRs), who can demonstrate that they meet the essential criteria for PRC membership (see appendix A in the ‘further information’ section).

This is an open recruitment call and UKRI is inviting direct applications from individual applicants via Survey Monkey, which must be submitted by the deadline of 16:00 UK time on 4 November 2022.

Nominations from colleagues or organisations are not possible, though research organisations, learned societies, industry organisations and other key stakeholder groups should continue to encourage and support eligible colleagues to apply.

Applications across our disciplinary remit are strongly encouraged from persons who identify as an ethnic minority, persons with disabilities, persons of diverse gender identities and expressions, and persons identifying with other groups who are currently underrepresented.

Applications are also encouraged from people with specific professional experience and expertise that is currently underrepresented on our college, including:

  • pure mathematics
  • optical and quantum physics
  • physical chemistry (including structural)
  • atmospheric sciences, geochemistry, geology, physical geography and environmental geoscience
  • environmental science and management
  • biochemistry and cell biology, ecology, genetics, microbiology, plant biology
  • crop and pasture production
  • artificial intelligence and image processing, data format and information systems
  • chemical, electrical and electronic, materials and interdisciplinary engineering
  • communications technologies and nanotechnology
  • cardiorespiratory medicine, haematology, clinical sciences, immunology, medical microbiology, neurosciences, oncology, carcinogenesis and public health and health services
  • architecture
  • applied economics
  • business and management
  • human geography, political science and sociology
  • psychology
  • law
  • performing arts and creative writing
  • cultural and literary studies
  • archaeology and historical studies.

What you’ll be doing

Peer Review College (PRC) members may be asked to review up to four proposals per round. Due to the wide remit of the Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) scheme however, it is possible that we will receive no applications within a particular subject area and so you may not be asked to review during a round.

Reviewers assess each proposal on its own merits, providing an expert, objective and evidence-based assessment of its quality.

Outcomes from this recruitment call are anticipated by the end of December 2022 and appointments made will be in place from 1 January 2023. Appointees will be required to complete a short online induction training course prior to undertaking any peer review activities.

PRC members are appointed on a rolling basis, with the option to opt-out at any time.

PRC members are not penalised for declining reviews, however, declines for being too busy across multiple rounds may result in you being asked to step down from the PRC.

Ahead of completing a review, we ask that PRC members complete a short online induction course and that they familiarise themselves with the FLF reviewers’ guidance (please note, this document is due to be updated ahead of peer review starting in January 2023).

How to apply

Supporting our objective to further diversify our Peer Review College (PRC) membership, we have reviewed our application processes. We have agreed that, unlike previous rounds where we have asked organisations to nominate prospective PRC members, applications will be accepted directly from individuals who wish to nominate themselves.

It is no longer possible for colleagues or organisations to nominate individuals on their behalf, however we still encourage them to notify suitable colleagues of the opportunity.

Applications are invited from eligible individuals at all career stages, including early career researchers (ECRs), who can demonstrate that they meet the essential criteria for college membership (see appendix A in the ‘further information’ section).

Individuals currently serving on the UK Research and Innovation Talent and Skills Panel College cannot concurrently serve on the FLF PRC.

Applications should be submitted via the Survey Monkey application form for this recruitment.

Your application will be submitted upon seeing the final screen ‘Thank you for completing our survey’. Please note you will not receive a separate email confirmation to say your application has been submitted.

Applications must be submitted by 16:00 UK time on 4 November 2022. Late applications will not be accepted.

All new members recruited during this call will be appointed as FLF PRC members. If successful in your application, you may be called upon for any expertise identified from your application form, so please do not include anything you would not be comfortable reviewing on.

All PRC members must be registered on the Je-S website, through which we will send you review requests. Please ensure your Je-S account is up-to-date or register for a Je-S account, if you do not already have one. Please ensure the email provided on your application matches your Je-S account email, so that we can match your application to an account.

How we’ll assess your application

Step one

Applications will be assessed against the stated eligibility criteria based on the evidence provided within application forms. Individual equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) data will not be provided to assessors. Assessment will be completed by Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) operational and programmes staff.

Step two

Assessment outcomes will be reviewed by the FLF team. They will consider the balance across college membership and may, where applications are of equal merit, take positive action to prioritise applicants where their characteristics or expertise is underrepresented. Individual EDI data provided by applicants will only be used during this step of the process.

Step three

A list of recommended appointments will be provided to council leads for each research council and Innovate UK, who will be asked to ratify decisions and seek assurance that appropriate processes have been followed.

Step four

Once ratification has taken place, successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified of UK Research and Innovation’s decision. This is expected to be by the end of December 2022. Please note, individual feedback on applications will not be provided.

Success criteria for this round of recruitment can be found in appendix B (see the ‘further information’ section).

Further information

Contact us

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) Team: fellows@ukri.org

Appendix A: UKRI Peer Review College eligibility criteria

All applications are submitted to join the single body of the PRC and assessed against the same eligibility criteria.

Essential criteria

The essential criteria is:

  • experience as a researcher or innovator or experience collaborating with researchers or innovators or using the results of research or innovation in a professional setting. This could include: advancing knowledge, delivering impact, stakeholder engagement, community leadership or meeting the needs of industry or society
  • experience in project management, in a research setting or in a relevant industry or non-academic setting, that can be applied in assessment of the management of research or innovation proposals
  • professional expertise relevant to UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) subject coverage
  • ability to apply expertise to objectively assess the strengths and weaknesses of a proposal, understanding the context and issues within your subject discipline or area.

Desirable criteria

The desirable criteria is:

  • knowledge of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) activities being undertaken in the UK and internationally, and a demonstrated commitment to making progress on EDI, with experience of improving outcomes
  • experience of formal or informal peer review activities to assess research or innovation
  • professional experience and expertise that is currently underrepresented on our PRC.

Appendix B: success criteria for UKRI Peer Review College recruitment 2021

UKRI will monitor applications received and tension this against current PRC membership, with the objective to further diversify our membership and cement plurality of voices in our decision-making processes.

We will be measuring this against the following success criteria. By the end of this recruitment activity, if successful, the college membership will:

  • comprise sufficient members to provide reviews, ensuring:
    • minimum 5000 members
    • ratio of academic and non-academic members proportional to the number of proposals received during round 6
  • map to applications received by UKRI to the FLF scheme during the last round:
    • disciplinary or thematic
    • EDI
  • aim to comprise a near 50/50 split between PRC members who identify as male and female
  • reflect UKRI’s strategic priorities for subject disciplines and themes
  • include leaders in the field, for each discipline and theme
  • overrecruit in areas that are difficult to obtain reviews.

Last updated: 23 September 2022

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