Peer review college - ESRC

Peer review is critical to our ability to make robust funding decisions, helping to ensure that we are supporting the very best research. ESRC’s peer review system relies on the submission of high-quality review reports.

We provide data to research organisations on their overall peer review performance, helping them understand the contribution they are making to our peer review system and also the requirements they are placing upon that system through the submission of applications.

Peer review college

To assess the applications submitted to us we require over 3,500 reviews per year. To help reach this target we have established a peer review college. The ESRC Peer Review College consists of approximately 2,000 independent academic experts drawn from across the social sciences. College members are expected to provide up to eight high-quality reviews of proposals within their areas of expertise per year.

The college covers the majority of our schemes, including both directive and responsive mode initiatives. In addition to using members of the college, we will continue to draw upon the wider academic and user communities to conduct peer review assessment.

How to become a member of the college

We are currently reviewing the recruitment process of the college. We will advertise any opportunities on our website.

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Last updated: 28 February 2022

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