We are delighted to confirm that as part of the Research Knowledge Exchange Development Framework, we now have funds available for external application reviewers.
A reminder of the process has been outlined below, and all documentation is available on MyBU here.
Who decides when an external application reviewer may be used?
The permission of academics to use the faculty tied budgets will be under the control of the Deputy Deans of Research and Professional Practice (DDRPP) of each faculty. This is to keep strategic control under the charge of each DDRPP for their respective faculty.
How will academics access this support?
Academics who wish to access external support need to consult with their faculty DDRPP. Please read the “Appointing an External Expert- Procedure” documents and complete the “External Support Checklist” along with an “Intention to Bid” form and send this to the relevant DDRPP. If the request is approved, the DDRPP will send the approved paperwork to RKEO who will then contact the external consultant and the academic to work on a service specification. All contracts and legal/financial arrangements will be dealt with by RKEO.
Who provides the External Support?
We currently have several external application reviewers available, details of which can be found on MyBU. This process is still open so additional providers may be added at a later date.
What do academics need to do?
Those interested in making use of an external expert should allow at least four weeks to work on an application before a funding call closing date. Shorter notice would not allow sufficient time for the experts to 1) make room in their schedules for working on a new application and 2) provide an appropriate level of in-depth advice with enough time to incorporate changes and suggestions.
Applicants will be asked to send a copy of an Intention to Bid form as well as a completed checklist to their DDRPP which will explain the background to their proposal and why they would find support helpful.