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Current opportunities to join an advisory committee, panel or network.

Future Leaders Fellowships Peer Review College

Closing date
4 November 2022
Length of term
Open ended
Time commitment
Three hours per review, up to four reviews per round
Outcomes communicated date
December 2022

Reviewer input is a vital element of the peer review process, providing essential expert review and assessment of the applications we receive each year.

Carrying out Peer Review College (PRC) training and undertaking reviews will provide you with in-depth knowledge of our peer review processes and principles, helping you to further increase your knowledge of reviewing and proposal writing.

You will be a part of the decision-making process and get a broad view of the novel ideas coming through the funding pipeline in your area.

Please ensure that you are registered with the Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system and that your account is up to date before applying, especially your current organisation and email address.


UKRI Talent Panel College

Closing date
4 November 2022
Length of term
Open ended
Time commitment
Two panels per funding round
Outcomes communicated date
December 2022

The Talent Panel College (TPC) provides an essential resource for assessment panels which rely on the contributions of senior researchers and innovators to evaluate applications received to the Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) scheme.

As a member of the TPC, you may be asked to attend two panels per funding round, each lasting two days. FLF panels are moderating panels, so you may be asked to assess proposals outside your normal area of expertise, and instead apply sectoral and strategic knowledge to moderate your final assessment.

Please ensure that you are registered with the Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system and that your account is up to date before applying, especially your current organisation and email address.

Find out more: UKRI Talent Panel College.


MRC board and panel vacancies

Closing date
30 September 2022 at 16:00 (UK time)
Number of positions
23 research board vacancies, 26 panel vacancies
Length of term
Two years, plus additional two years after review
Time commitment
Two days per month
Remuneration
£160 per day when participating in funding meetings, T&S as appropriate
Outcomes communicated
Shortly after December 2022

The Medical Research Council (MRC) is inviting applications from experts with the proven experience and expertise to become members of MRC boards and panels from April 2023. We particularly welcome applications from currently under-represented groups, including women and ethnic minority researchers, and researchers with disabilities or long-term conditions.

MRC’s research boards and panels are comprised of leading experts that play a key role in delivering MRC objectives across the portfolio. The research boards hold their own research budgets and review and manage activity and strategies within their scientific domains, working co-operatively in areas of common interest.


MRC-NIHR better methods, better research programme chair vacancy

Closing date
30 September 2022 16:00 UK time
Number of positions
One
Length of term
Two years, plus additional two years after review
Time commitment
Two panel meetings per year, each typically last two full days
Remuneration
Annual honoraria
Interview date
Brief interview possible
Outcomes communicated
Shortly after December 2022

MRC and NIHR are seeking to appoint a new chair for the better methods, better research programme (BMBR) to commence their appointment on 1 April 2023.

BMBR remit combines:

  • improving methodological capability (novel research methods being used by others)
  • improving methodological capacity (research to improve research decisions being taken by others).

The chair will need to value and include diverse research expertise, backgrounds, experience-levels and contributions to work together in assessment of each application and development of wider strategy.


UKRI NICER Programme: Strategic Advisory Group membership vacancies

Closing date
27 July 2022 at 16:00
Outcomes communicated
End of August 2022
Time commitment
Three meetings per year (half day), occasional contact between for specific topics or issues, opportunity to be voluntarily involved in sub groups (for example, monitoring and evaluation steering group)
Number of positions
12
Length of service
Until end of programme, December 2024

We are seeking applications from industrialists, academics, and individuals working in third sector and government organisations to join the Strategic Advisory Group for the UKRI National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Research (NICER) programme, a four-year, £30 million investment.

We are looking for individuals, with experience relevant to research or implementation of circular economy principals to guide and advise as theme or subject experts. The group is to have representation and expertise from across the breadth of UKRI remit.


NERC Science Committee: Chair vacancy

Closing date
29 July 2022
Shortlisting meeting
Early September 2022
Interview date
26 September 2022
Time commitment
30 days per annum including four Science Committee meetings
(up to two days per meeting) and four Council meetings
Number of positions
One
Length of service
Three years
Start date
October 2022 (first meeting 19 and 20 October 2022, to observe)

Would you be interested in an exciting opportunity to lead the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Science Committee in contributing to current and future funding priorities and investment?

NERC invites applications from across the NERC science remit to lead its Science Committee.

This is a great opportunity to support an excellent and sustainable UK environmental science community by leading the committee in working collegiately to offer advice and recommendations to council and NERC Head Office on current and future funding priorities and new NERC investment.


People and Talent Strategy Advisory Panel (PAT SAP) Researcher Subgroup vacancies

Closing date
25 July 2022 17:00 UK time
Time commitment
Four meetings per year plus reading time, attend PAT SAP group as needed
Number of positions
5
Length of service
1 year minimum, 3 years maximum

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) are looking to appoint members to the People and Talent Strategy Advisory Panel (PAT SAP) Researcher Subgroup.

The subgroup is an excellent opportunity for those interested in:

  • providing strategic and scientific advice to influence future funding calls and other BBSRC activities
  • benefitting the researcher community by helping shape BBSRC strategy for researchers
  • providing a representative voice for researcher communities generally, as well as within your scientific field, sector or organisation
  • gaining experience for your own career development, particularly in communication, negotiation and persuasion
  • being an ambassador for BBSRC amongst your organisation and colleagues
  • gaining insight into BBSRC’s ways of working through first-hand experience

BBSRC welcome applications from researchers across the community, but we particularly welcome applications from men as well as researchers working in industry and BBSRC strategically funded institutes, due to their current underrepresentation on the panel.


NERC UK Geoenergy Observatories Project Science Advisory Group (GSAG)

Closing date
7 June 2022 16:00 UK time
Outcomes communicated
27 June 2022
Time commitment
Two to four meetings per year, plus reading time
Number of positions
Up to five
Length of service
15 months for the first term

Applications are sought from individuals with any expertise relevant to the facility, but we would particularly welcome applications from individuals with expertise in:

  • geothermal energy
  • heat networks, geophysics (specifically near-surface imaging and groundwater systems)
  • data management
  • subsurface fluid flow.

NERC invites applications from any sector including academia, policy, regulation and industry.


BBSRC Pool of Experts and Follow-on Fund Committee

Closing date
25 May 2022, 16:00 UK time
Outcomes communicated
Mid December 2022
Time commitment
Up to three meetings per year for the Pool of Experts and up to two meetings per year for the Follow-on Fund Committee
Number of positions
100 for the Pool of Experts and six for the Follow-on Fund Committee
Length of service
Up to three years
Member induction and training
January or February 2023 (to be confirmed)

Members of our Pool of Experts and Follow-on Fund Committee provide expert knowledge and insight to ensure that we invest in important and high-quality research, innovation and training in the biosciences.

Through these roles, members also gain insight into the future direction of bioscience research and innovation.

As part of this programme, we aspire to better reflect the diversity and experience across the breadth of the bioscience community, spanning academia, industry and policy.

Travel and subsistence will be paid for both committees, along with an attendance fee of £170 per meeting.


NERC Digital Research Infrastructure Investment Board (DRIIB)

Closing date
25 April 2022, 16:00 UK time
Panel and interview date
Week commencing 16 May 2022
Time commitment
Two to four meetings per year, plus reading time
Number of positions
Four
Length of service
Three years
Start date
Late May 2022

DRIIB is a new governance group of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). It provides the NERC Executive with independent advice and recommendations on the strategic direction and investments associated with NERC’s digital research infrastructure portfolio.

NERC is currently seeking applicants with scientific, technical and digital infrastructure expertise to join DRIIB.


Early Career Researcher Forum

Closing date
N/A – always open
Time commitment
Up to the individual
Number of positions
Unlimited

Our Early Career Researcher Forum will allow you to connect with other researchers and have your say on what matters to you.

By joining, you will become part of a community that:

  • lets you input into UKRI’s strategy, policy development and decision making
  • connects you with UKRI and our partners
  • allows you to interact and build relationships with your peers, connecting you with people from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Last updated: 23 September 2022

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