The MS Society is looking for members to join their Grant Review Panels. For the Grant Review Panel for Care and Services Research they are also recruiting a new Chair.
The closing date for expressions of interest is 12 noon on Thursday 11 December. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your CV and a brief cover letter outlining your experience and how that will positively contribute to the work of the grant review panels.
Areas of Expertise Required
Members of the Panels would normally serve for a period of three years. They are looking for people from a variety of backgrounds, covering research, health and social care expertise.
If you possess the necessary skills, knowledge, experience and motivation to help ensure the MS Society funds high quality, relevant research then contact them ASAP. This is also a great development opportunity for you, as knowing how a review panel works can inform how you write and present bids.
For the GRP1 panel, they are encouraging applications from those with an expertise in the following areas:
– Stem Cells
– Animal Models
For the GRP2 panel, they are encouraging applications from those with an expertise in the following areas:
– Health economics
About the grant review panels
MS research work is driven by a strategy agreed with the Board of Trustees and which reflects the perspectives of the whole MS community – people affected by MS, clinicians, research scientists and others.
To help guide their research work they work with the advice and support of a Research Strategy Committee (RSC) and two Grant Review Panels (GRP). The RSC looks at the strategic picture, providing advice on broad areas of research, setting priorities and scrutinizing the larger, ongoing research programmes. The RSC does not decide which specific projects we should or should not fund. That more detailed work is carried out by our Grant Review Panels, one for Biomedical Research (GRP1) and one for Care and Services Research (GRP2).
The ESRC is inviting applications from suitably experienced persons to act as members of the Grant Assessment Panels (GAP). Panel membership is drawn from all areas of the social sciences, representing a broad range of expertise, skills and approaches. However, following the retirement of some current GAP members they are currently looking for applications in the following disciplinary areas:
. Economic and Social History
. Environmental Planning
. Human Geography
. Political and International Relations
. Social Policy
. Social Work
. Socio-Legal Studies
. Political Sociology
Further details about the role of GAP members can be found on the ESRC website along with a link to the vacancy notice and application form.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Vicky.Dunstan@esrc.ac.uk.
This is a fantastic opportunity to be on a major funding review panel. Benefits of being a member include meeting potential collaborators, learning how the assessment process works and discovering what makes a great proposal. BU’s Dr Richard Shipway is a peer reviewer for the ESRC and has written an excellent blog post on the benefits of being a peer reviewer. You can read Richard’s post here.
The NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) Programme funds research that evaluates public health interventions, providing new knowledge on the benefits, costs, acceptability and wider impacts of non-NHS interventions intended to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health, including interventions in education, the built environment, transport, social care.
Members of the Research Funding Board are senior academics with a broad range of skills and experience. The NIHR welcome applications from experts from a range of disciplines and fields, in particular:
• Impacts of the environment on health e.g. traffic/roads, housing, regeneration etc
• Statistics and trials methodology
• Older people
• Work place and health/employability
• Nutrition/obesity (adults and children)
• Mental health
• Systematic review/evidence synthesis
For further information on what the role involves and how to apply please see the PHR website. The deadline for applications is 1pm 15 November 2013.
BU is fully supportive of you becoming a reviewer, including helping with ensuring you have time to perform reviews for funding bodies.
I don’t need to sell you the benefit of sitting on a funder review panel as I know you are already aware of what a fantastic experience this is in terms of meeting potential collaborators, learning how the assessment process works and discovering what makes a great proposal. BU’s Dr Richard Shipway is a peer reviewer for the ESRC and recently wrote an excellent blog post on the benefits of being a peer reviewer. You can read Richard’s post here.
You may recall that NERC recently announced initiatives to increase confidence in peer review; these include measures to increase the status and performance of the NERC College. As a result they are currently recruiting for members of their Peer Review College with the nomination deadline of 5 August 2013.
BU is fully supportive of you becoming a reviewer, including helping with ensuring you have time to perform reviews for funding bodies. If you want to take up this opportunity, please email me and I can inform you of the BU process for this.