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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 95% 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.

Locations and Organisations

The following visualisation shows the locations of the UKRI International Development Peer Review College members:

You can also download this information in an Excel spreadsheet here: International Development Peer Review College Membership (Excel, 23KB).

If you are unable to view this tool embedded on this website, please visit the Tableau website.

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@rcuk.org

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