All UEA-led applications to the ESRC must go through UEA's ESRC Internal Review Panel. The Panel was set up in response to the ESRC's demand management measures and aims to improve the quality of submissions to the ESRC and thereby increase funding success. (Applications to other funders and where UEA is the collaborator on ESRC applications can be reviewed through this process optionally.) 

UEA's ESRC Internal Review Panel meets monthly to enable a swift response time. The applicant's designated RIN Project Officer provides support to the applicant.

Forward Planning

There is 2-stage review process. Please note that your Summary Proposal Form should be ready to be sent to the Internal Review Panel at least 10 weeks before you intend to submit your full proposal to the ESRC. (This allows time for: stage 1 review; stage 1 Panel meeting; stage 1 revision; stage 2 preparation; stage 2 review; stage 2 Panel meeting; stage 2 revision; internal authorisation of final application.)

Stage 1: Summary Proposal

The applicant liaises with their Project Officer, Research Director and Head of School and prepares a Summary Proposal Form.

The applicant’s Project Officer forwards the form along with an up to date CV to by the relevant deadline (see below).

The Panel Secretary sends the form to 2 Panel members for comment. Feedback will include 1 of 3 recommendations:

  • Develop full proposal for Stage 2 review of full proposal

  • Consider amendments to research idea and resubmit a summary proposal for consideration

  • Do not proceed with this application to ESRC; explore funders or change research data

  • The feedback and recommendations are considered at the next Panel meeting and a final recommendation is given to the applicant (cc their Head of School, Research Director and Project Officer). 

Stage 2: Full Proposal

  • The applicant continues to liaise with their Project Officer and prepares a complete full proposal (i.e. ESRC JeS form inc. budget and all attachments).

  • The applicant’s Project Officer completes a PO Cover Sheet and forwards it and the proposal to by the relevant deadline (see below).

  • The full proposal is sent to 2 Panel members for consideration and their reviews forwarded to the applicant. (If the applicant is from outside SSF one of the reviewers will normally be from their home School/Faculty).

  • The Panel considers the proposal at its next meeting and makes 1 of 3 'traffic light' recommendations to the applicant's Head of School (cc applicant, Project Officer and Research Director):

    1. Green light: The proposal is ready to be submitted (once institutional authorisation obtained from School and RIN), if applicable with minor corrections.

    2. Orange light: The proposal can be submitted subject to key changes (once institutional authorisation obtained from School and RIN) but does not need to undergo further institutional peer review.

    3. Red light: The proposal has serious flaws which should be addressed before it undergoes further review by the Panel to determine submission readiness.


Timetable for ESRC Internal Review Panel Meetings

Deadlines for submission of
Stage 1 Summary Form
or Stage 2 Full Proposal

Meeting dates
(usually first Wednesday
of each month)

11 September 2019

02 October 2019

16 October 2019

06 November 2019

13 November 2019

04 December 2019

04 December 2019

08 January 2020

18 January 2020

05 February 2020

12 February 2020

04 March 2020

11 March 2020

01 April 2020

15 April 2020

06 May 2020

13 May 2020

03 June 2020

17 June 2020

08 July 2020



19 August 2020

09 September 2020

16 September 2020

07 October 2020


If you wish to apply for a responsive call that has been announced at short notice please contact your Project Officer as soon as possible.



Panel members are drawn from the Faculty of Social Sciences, the School of Environmental Sciences and the Faculties of Medicine & Health and Arts & Humanities. A wider network of reviewers/consultants is also called on to provide specialist technical input when the Panel feels this is needed. The Panel Chair is Professor Frances Bowen (PVC of the Faculty of Social Sciences); the Deputy Chair is Professor Theodore Turocy (Associate Dean for Research, Faculty of Social Sciences). The Panel Secretary is Jon Spink.