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Information for Reviewers & Panel Members

Assessment of the FLF takes place using a two-stage process. Proposals are first assessed via peer review, with subsequent Panel meetings held to shortlist then interview candidates. Panels comprise a broad range of academic, public sector and industry experts.

The Research Councils' Peer Review Framework describes how peer review is used in assessing proposals and making funding decisions. The framework also outlines what information is routinely published relating to proposals and awards, and the approach taken by the Councils in responding to requests for information about the assessment process. The framework is designed for use by applicants and Research Organisations, Board/Panel members, external reviewers, members of the public and Research Council staff.

Providing Written Peer Review for Future Leaders Fellowships

If you have been asked to provide written peer review for a proposal then please read our detailed reviewer guidance: 

Please note that review requests will come to reviewers from a Medical Research Council (MRC) email address with associated logo. We are aware that this may cause confusion. Please note that while for operational purposes the MRC are administrating this scheme the FLF is not discipline or sector specific. It is open to all remits covered by UK Research and Innovation.

Future Leaders Peer Review College and Panel College

The peer review process is supported by a Peer Review College and a Panel College that play a vital part in identifying the best UK and international early career researchers and innovators; and the best proposals for use of the special fellowship support we are offering. 

We aim to build Colleges which include expertise across research and innovation, across universities, research organisations and businesses. Further calls for members may be opened as required based on the membership of the Colleges and the needs of the FLF programme. UKRI aims to ensure a good diversity of College members in terms of protected characteristics, career stage, background, discipline, host organisation and location.

There will be two FLF calls per year and it is expected that Peer Review College members will review up to four proposals per call. There will be four panel meetings per year and it is expected that Panel College members will attend at least one per year, with others attending more to ensure consistency.

For more information about these roles, please contact UKRI Fellows.

Peer Review College

Proposals submitted to FLF calls are subject to external peer review prior to panel assessment, and the Peer Review College plays a key role in providing expert insight and ensuring proposals receive an appropriate number of reviews as part of the peer review process.

Peer Review College members are in an active research and / or innovation role, have good standing in appropriate research, innovation, or business communities, and may have previous experience of reviewing fellowships and multidisciplinary proposals.

There will be two FLF calls per year and it is expected that Peer Review College members review up to four proposals per call.

Panel College

Members appointed are asked to take part in the panels that sift applications, making recommendations on which applicants should be invited forward to the interview stage of the application process, and to sit on the subsequent interview panels.

Panel College members must have significant experience or understanding of assessing the quality and validity of major research and innovation projects across a range of areas, beyond their own specialist area, and experience of assessing interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research is also valuable. Previous experience of assessing through interview panels is helpful but not essential.

The organisation of panels is responsive to the applications received to each round. To ensure consistency some of the Panel College will be asked to join panels for several rounds; others will be asked to join around one panel per year, based on applicant demand.

Panel meeting membership