INTERNAL PEER REVIEW GUIDELINES FOR MRC GRANT APPLICATIONS PRIOR TO SUBMISSION INTERNAL PEER REVIEW GUIDELINES FOR MRC GRANT APPLICATIONS PRIOR TO SUBMISSION

In response to Research Councils' requirement that universities control the quality of applications, UEA provides mandatory internal peer review for all applications to Research Councils. 

Applications to MRC are reviewed by the University's Biomedical & Clinical Review Committee (B&C). The Committee also reviews applications to NIHR (EME), the Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK, Arthritis Research UK, Alzheimer's Research UK, Alzheimer's Society, the British Heart Foundation and the European Research Council.

 

PURPOSE:

The Biomedical and Clinical (B&C) Committee sees its main role as providing well informed feedback and recommendations to the applicant, which should help to shape and develop proposals so that they stand a better chance of success. The Committee’s ultimate goal is to raise the success rate of grant applications from UEA, which is in the interest of the applicants and the institution as a whole. The review process is also committed to help identify at an early stage of grant development, ideas which are deemed unlikely to receive funding, thus avoiding wasted effort by the applicants in working them up into full proposals.

 

It is important that the Internal Review process is not seen as a burdensome one, but rather one which proves invaluable support for proposal development. The Committee therefore always welcomes feedback on ways in which the process can be made more pragmatic and effective.

 

HOW IT WORKS:

All standard applications are required to undergo peer review. The exception is commissioned calls which have a short response time, of < 3 months to the submission date.

 

Review will be by a two-stage (3X3) process where applicants bring an initial idea and outline to the committee at least 3 months in advance (Stage 1), with the full application submitted for review at least 3 weeks (Stage 2) prior to the deadline. Such a protracted approach aims to provide sufficient time for successful development of the idea, into clearly defined hypotheses, aims and objectives, delivered through identified cutting-edge research approaches and methodologies and academic consortium, with the likely impact and translatability of the research stated. Therefore the applicants bring their grant bid to the committee twice.

 

The practicalities are as follows

  • The Committee meets once per month.
  • Meeting dates will be set well in advance and available from RIN.
  • The outline (Stage 1, FMH NIW form or equivalent, such as the completed front sections (Objectives, Summary, Technical Summary, Academic Beneficiaries, Impact Summary) of Je-S) and full application (Stage 2), should be submitted to RIN 7 days in advance of the meeting.
  • For Stage 1, please feel free to bring along  whatever other information may be useful to the committee meeting.
  • For Stage 2, it is essential that the Committee sees proposals in their final drafting stages, on the funder's proforma (e.g. Je-S for MRC applications), with all sections, including costings, submitted for review.
  • All paperwork should be submitted to RIN at least 7 days prior to the meeting.
  • Each outline or full application will be reviewed by at least 3 peers.
  • Applicants are invited to the meetings to discuss their proposals and it is important to try to attend if at all possible.
  • Feedback will be oral along with some written feedback which will help to shape the development of each proposal before submission.
  • Please note that this should be in addition to, and not instead of discussions with colleagues and your grant-mentor and also where appropriate discussions with the funder,
  • It is important that the grant is as good as it can be at point of submission, as most funders (such as MRC) do not allow a resubmission of unsuccessful grants.
  • The Committee will pass on its recommendations on the readiness of proposals for submission to the applicants, RIN and to the Heads of School following the final review.

 

Deadlines for submissions to the Committee for review and Committee meeting dates

 

B&C Review Panel Meeting Dates 2019/2020

 

 

Time

 

Location

 

Deadline for Submission of Proposals

(1000hrs)

Monday 04 November 2019

1400-1600hrs

BCRE Meeting Room

Monday 28 October 2019

Monday 02 December 2019

1400-1600hrs

BCRE Meeting Room

Monday 25 November 2019

Monday 13 January 2020

1400-1600hrs

BCRE Meeting Room

Monday 06 January 2020

Monday 03 February 2020

1400-1600hrs

BCRE Meeting Room

Monday 27 January 2020

Monday 02 March 2020

1400-1600hrs


BCRE Meeting Room

Monday 24 February 2020

Monday 06 April 2020

1400-1600hrs

BCRE Meeting Room

Monday 30 March 2020

Monday 04 May 2020

1400-1600hrs

BCRE Meeting Room

Monday 27 April 2020

Monday 01 June 2020

1400-1600hrs

BCRE Meeting Room

Friday 22 May 2020 (Bank Holiday on Monday 25 May)

Monday 06 July 2020

1400-1600hrs

BCRE Meeting Room

Monday 29 June 2020

Monday 03 August 2020

1400-1600hrs

BCRE Meeting Room

Monday 27 July 2020

Monday 07 September 2020

1400-1600hrs

BCRE Meeting Room

Friday 28 August (Bank Holiday on Monday 31 August)

Monday 05 October 2020

1400-1600hrs

BCRE Meeting Room

Monday 28 September 2020

Monday 02 November 2020

1400-1600hrs

BCRE Meeting Room

Monday 26 October 2020

Monday 07 December 2020

1400-1600hrs

BCRE Meeting Room

Monday 30 November 2020