Deadline: 27th April 2018
About this opportunity
The British Council would like to invite expressions of interest from established and early career researchers to expand our pool of reviewers for the Newton Fund and potentially other British Council programmes. The Newton Fund builds research and innovation partnerships with 18 partner countries to support their economic development and social welfare, and to develop their research and innovation capacity for long-term sustainable growth.
We are looking for early career researchers who would like to broaden their experience of peer review as a career development opportunity, and for established researchers who are willing to share and use their experience to support the review process. Please note that we can only consider researchers based at UK institutions.
We are seeking reviewers for applications to the following five panels:
- Biological and Medical Sciences
- Environment and Agriculture
- Arts and Humanities
- Social Sciences
- Engineering and Physical Sciences
In particular, we would like to hear from researchers with expertise in fields with potential development impact, but this should be interpreted broadly as much of the research we fund approaches development challenges in a highly specialised way or using innovative methods.
We will use the information provided in the form to process and consider your expression of interest. As a result, your name may be added to our pool of potential peer reviewers, and we may approach you in the future to assist us in assessing proposals under British Council research programmes.
How to apply
Click here to apply.
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.