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UKRI International Development Peer Review College

The GCRF Peer Review College in Bangkok, February 2019

The UKRI International Development Peer Review College forms part of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) global engagement strategy for Official Development Assistance (ODA) research.

Set up in early 2018, members of the college provided expert reviews for the full proposals submitted to the ‘Interdisciplinary Research Hubs to Address Intractable Challenges Faced by Developing Countries’.

College members contribute to the peer review of calls led by one or more of the UK Research Councils from UKRI, in particular those funded under the Global Challenges Research Fund.

Aims of the college

The main aims of the college are to:

  • ensure developing country perspectives are a key part of the peer review of GCRF calls and other ODA relevant research council calls
  • build on the GCRF aim of fair and equitable partnerships, ensuring developing country researchers and non-academics are able to contribute to the decision making process
  • facilitate closer engagement with peer reviewers from the Global South, and provide training and capacity building in (interdisciplinary) peer review

The college consists of around 300 members, who are appointed for three years. The membership includes both academics and non-academics from organisations based in or working with DAC list countries, such as policymakers, non-governmental organisations and civil society organisations.

The college aims for its membership to be at least 90% from Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list countries. This means that, in order to maintain this focus, the college may not accept applications from those based in non-DAC countries.


Call for new members – November 2019

College infographic

What College members do and how to get involved.

Deadline extended until 5 January 2020.

UKRI is inviting applications for new members to the College from both academics and non-academics from organisations based in or working with DAC list countries, such as policymakers, non-governmental organisations and civil society organisations. Eligible applicants should have ODA experience as well as interdisciplinary knowledge.

UKRI especially invites applications from women to achieve our aim of a 50-50 female/male College membership. UKRI is also especially keen to receive applications from applicants in certain DAC-list countries where we currently have no members (please see section 4 in the Call text) and from certain research areas where the College has a shortage (please see section 5 in Call text).

Call information, eligibility criteria and how to apply, with screenshots of the application SmartSurvey, can be found in the Call text:

Resources for college members

The following resources have been designed by UKRI to provide useful information and training for college members. 


Unconscious bias training

  • Unconscious bias toolkit - available only to College members (via email)

Reviewer guidance

College meeting reports

College Global Engagement Meetings, February 2019

UKRI brought together 150 College members in Cairo and Bangkok in two unique meetings to foster a sense of College identity, to develop best practice in interdisciplinary peer review, and for members to feedback on GCRF research priorities. The meetings also facilitated networking for the delegates who came from more than 35 countries and a range of research disciplines. The UKRI presentations are available here:

    Contact us

    If you have any questions or would like further information, you can email us on InternationalPeerReview@ukri.org.

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