- To comment using your professional experience apply here.
- To comment from your experience as a patient, carer, or member of the public apply here.
Why review for the NIHR?
Professional development. Reviewing research briefs, proposals and final reports can be used as evidence of continuing professional development (CPD). Where appropriate, NIHR provide written confirmation of reviewing tasks that have been completed for inclusion in your CPD portfolio. For consultant grade medical reviewers, there is the additional attraction that peer review for NIHR is recognised in Clinical Excellence Award submissions.
Insight into the research funding process. By becoming an NIHR reviewer, you can develop a valuable insight into health research need in the NHS and the standards of successful applications for funding. NIHR only fund research of the highest scientific standard, so you can increase your insight into best practice in health research.
Make a difference. As a reviewer you can make a significant contribution to the NHS and public health by shaping research and improving practice. NIHR programmes identify the highest impact questions for UK health, so that you know the research you’re reviewing will make a real difference.
What do reviewers do?
Reviewers help the NIHR at every stage of the research process.
By identifying research topics, ensuring NIHR fund the best applications and helping to shape their open access reports published by the NIHR Journals Library, reviewers play a vital part in maintaining and improving the quality of our research.
NIHR need a wide range of expertise:
- Health service managers and clinicians
- Public health and related professionals
- Social care sector workers
- Patients and the Public
- Anyone whose work has a potential impact on health.
You could play a vital part in maintaining and improving the quality of the research NIHR fund and publish.
Dr Sascha Dov Bachmann, Associate Professor in International Law (BU) and War Studies (FHS), has been appointed as reviewer to The Estonian Research Council (ETAg) to contribute his expertise to the evaluation of Mobilitas Pluss top researcher grant applications.
ETAg is the sole provider of financing for basic research in Estonia, both for research teams and individual researchers, on the basis of open public competition.
Mobilitas Pluss is a researcher mobility programme co-funded from the European Regional Development Fund (http://www.etag.ee/en/funding/programmes/mobilitas-pluss/). The top researcher funding scheme seeks research applications of the highest international calibre.
We would like to bring to your attention that the NIHR Public Health Research Funding Board is currently recruiting new members.
You can find out more information about the positions on the NIHR website here: http://us7.campaign-archive1.com/?u=5959c256494563d480b887fce&id=956d9306c8&e=19509b734a
The deadline for applications is 1pm, 17 November 2014.
The EU’s Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency is seeking external expertise in the Erasmus+ or Creative Europe (MEDIA, culture) programmes. Don’t worry, they don’t expect you to be an expert in the programme (which hasn’t been released yet) just the general subject areas of PhD student mobility, staff mobility, media, culture etc – the topics the funding calls cover.
Registering to be an expert has lots of value – you could get paid to evaluate and monitor projects or evaluate calls for proposals under the schemes. Indeed, becoming an EC evaluator is a fantastic experience; it not only helps you learn what the EC are looking for in proposals, but also enables you to travel to Brussels and network with other reviewers to start forming collaborations yourself.
It’s really simple to sign up, you just pop your details in the form (which isn’t very long) and when an appropriate call or proposal comes up, they will ask if you can review it. If you can’t, you simply let them know and you are not obliged to. You also get until December 2020 to sign up to be a reviewer if you aren’t quite ready yet!
You will get paid a day rate to do the review plus travel and subsistence and you can also still apply for the funding scheme if you are registered as a reviewer (although for a specific call you apply to, you would have to declare a conflict of interest).
More info can be found here
Congratulations to Neal White and Dr Bronwen Thomas in the Media School who have both been appointed as reviewers to the AHRC. This is fantastic news!
Their membership of the AHRC peer review college will run from April 2012 until December 2015.
College members are invited to submit peer reviews which are used by moderating panels as the basis to make decisions on whether applications are of a fundable standard. Assessments are made using a pre-defined grading scale. Typically three reviews are required for each funding proposal.
Dr Richard Berger is already a member of the AHRC peer review college – you can read his previous blog post on the life of a reviewer here – http://blogs.bournemouth.ac.uk/research/2011/11/23/life-as-an-ahrc-panel-reviewer/
This is great news for Neal and Bronwen, and also for the Media School and the University. Congratulations!
Becoming an EC evaluator has many benefits – it can improve your understanding of the funding approval process, strengthen your knowledge of the schemes, enable you to understand what makes a ‘good’ and ‘bad’ proposal and can help you gain further kudos in your subject area.
Being an Evaluator is basically being a peer-reviewer for the EC, It involves examining proposals for funding against published criteria and providing comments and recommendations to the Commission. You can still apply to the EC for funding if you are registered as an evaluator.
The number of proposals you could review depends very much on your area of expertise and while normally undertaken at home, you can also travel to Brussels to perform a review. Unlike British funders, you will get paid a day rate (up to € 450) for your time, plus travel and subsistence expenses if these have been incurred. You also do not have to review an application just because you are requested.
So what do you have to lose? Register to become an evaluator today.