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.

UKRI is pleased to invite members of the UKRI International Development Peer Review College to apply to take part in a 2 day Global Engagement Meeting (GEM) for College members only

The meetings includes four strands:

  • Best practice sharing in peer review: in terms of international and interdisciplinary peer review processes (written reviewing and panels)
  • Interdisciplinarity in peer review: discussion and best practice session with local funders
  • GRCF and Newton Fund engagement: inspire and inform College members about GCRF and the Newton Fund and promote opportunities within GCRF, NF and other ODA programmes, and also local funders; and to get members’ feedback on GCRF research priorities
  • Networking: opportunity for College members to meet-up, network and explore opportunities for interdisciplinary and cross-country cooperation

The GEMs will take place in Egypt and Thailand in February 2019. Details on how to apply for a place have been emailed to College members. The application deadline is 11 November 2018.

Please send all queries to:

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) (Open format (CSV, 18KB))

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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: