UKRI International Development Peer Review College

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.

In February 2019 about 150 members of the UKRI International Development Peer Review College are taking part in two 2-day Global Engagement Meetings (GEMs) in Egypt and in Thailand.

Each meeting brings together around 75 College members (academics, researchers, policy makers and other experts) representing research organisations, funding organisations and non-governmental organisations from more than 35 DAC-list countries world-wide.

The aims of College (see below) link closely to the aims of the GEMs:

  • to share and develop best practice in international and interdisciplinary peer review
  • to encourage diversity (including gender) and to foster a sense of college identity
  • to inspire and inform College members about GCRF, the Newton Fund and promote opportunities within these and with local funders
  • to provide a unique opportunity for College members to network internationally and build international partnerships and networks (UKRI / Global Challenges Research Fund / Newton Fund and local funders)

The GEMs have been developed in close cooperation with local FCO offices and local funders, and it is the first time that UKRI has organised an international event for College members.

Building on the GCRF aim of fair and equitable partnerships, the meetings are a unique engagement opportunity both for College members from DAC-list countries and for UKRI.

Keep up to date by following hashtags: #UKRIcollege #EgyptGEM2019 #ThailandGEM2019 #GCRF


Aims of the college

The main aims of the college are to:

  • ensure that developing country perspectives are a key part of the peer review of the GCRF Interdisciplinary Hubs call and other ODA relevant research council calls
  • build on the GCRF aim of fair and equitable partnerships, ensuring that 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 aims for its membership to be at least 95% from Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list countries and may not accept applications from applicants based in non-DAC countries in order to maintain this aim and focus. The membership includes academics and also non-academics from organisations based in or/ working with DAC list countries such as policymakers, non-governmental organisations and civil society organisations.

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

Locations and Organisations of The UKRI International Development Peer Review College

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

International Development Peer Review College Membership (Excel, 23KB)

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Enquiries to:

Resources for College members


Unconscious bias training

  • Unconscious bias toolkit - available only to College members
  • Unconscious bias webinars - 1 May 2018, available only to College members

Reviewer guidance

Guidance for reviewing for the Interdisciplinary Research Hubs:

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: