Peer review college - EPSRC

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How to join the college

The EPSRC Peer Review College plays an integral part in our peer review process. It enables the scientific community to be nominated as suitable to review proposals, so giving general quality assurance of EPSRC’s peer review process.

All new members have to complete college training, which provides an insider view of EPSRC’s peer review processes and valuable tips on writing high-quality reviews that will help you, as well as the peers you are reviewing for. New members will also be asked to provide details of their expertise on the Joint Electronic Submissions (Je-S) system, to enable us to best match you to relevant proposals for reviewing and serving on our panels where appropriate. Once you have completed the training and provided your expertise details, we will add you to our college and look forward to working with you.

The college membership is reviewed periodically to address any imbalances and to replace members who have not responded to EPSRC review requests over a period of time. Please know that you can always notify us of any career breaks or changes in situation that may prevent you from reviewing or serving on our panels. Once you are appointed to the college, you can opt out at any time.

There are several routes to becoming a college member, but all require you to complete the online college training and Je-S details:

  • self-nomination: we encourage you to apply to become a college member using the application form. Applicants will be assessed on their relevant experience and our portfolio requirement for expertise
  • recipients of an EPSRC fellowship award (apart from postdoctoral fellowships) will be invited to join our college
  • calls for members: EPSRC will periodically announce calls for members to fill gaps in the membership portfolio
  • EPSRC nomination: having a recent track record of reviewing, either through frequently being a nominated reviewer, or consistently writing reviews judged as appropriate and helpful at panel
  • industrial partner nomination: EPSRC encourages its industrial partners to proactively nominate members from organisations using research in industry, health service, public sector and charities
  • international partner nomination: EPSRC encourages its international partners to proactively nominate members including via UK Research and Innovation international offices.

Who are we looking for to join our college? Who is eligible?

EPSRC seeks college members from academic and non-academic backgrounds (such as, commercial or industrial, health services, public services and charity roles). We are looking for UK and international college members.

We welcome applications from a broad range of roles and expect you to provide evidence of significant experience and expertise in areas such as:

  • scientific expertise
  • grant or project management
  • multidisciplinary work
  • public engagement
  • collaborative work (academic and non-academic)
  • international work
  • influencing policy
  • working with clinicians.

Find the 2022 application to join the EPSRC Associate Peer Review College on SmartSurvey.

Last updated: 29 March 2022

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