We use a three-stage assessment process. We may change the process if this funding opportunity is oversubscribed.
We will check your application and only progress it to stage one if you meet the eligibility criteria and if your application is within the remit of this funding opportunity.
Stage one: you submit an outline proposal
External experts will consider your outline proposal against the quality of the proposed research importance assessment criteria. If you are successful, we will invite you to submit a full proposal. You will receive feedback from the outline panel.
Stage two: we invite you to submit a full proposal
We will send your full proposal for peer review by experts who will consider all the assessment criteria. We will reject your proposal if you do not receive enough supportive reviews at this stage. This decision will be made by appropriate panel members, and principal investigators will not be able to respond. If you get enough supportive reviews, you will have the chance to reply to the reviewers’ comments in a principal investigator response document.
Stage three: you attend an interview panel
If the peer reviewer scores you receive are high enough, we will invite you to an interview so that we can select the final successful applicants. The interview panel questions will mainly focus on the applicant and public engagement assessment criterion although, to decide on the final rank ordered list, we will assess against all criteria and consider the peer review comments, principal investigator response and interview. We will send you full details of the interview process at the outline proposal stage.
Find out more about our assessment process in our guidance for applicants (PDF, 282KB).