In response to the UK Research Councils' demand management measures, UEA introduced mandatory internal peer review for all RCUK research grant proposals. The review will involve a process of internal, pre-submission review of all responsive mode ("Discovery") grant proposals to NERC. The purpose of these review panels is to maintain and improve the quality of UEA’s applications to NERC and help mentor PIs so they can improve their submissions, whilst meeting NERC’s directive for Responsive Mode proposals to be ‘demand managed’. Planned applications to all NERC schemes should be flagged to your RIN Project Officer at least 12 weeks prior to submission who will confirm the steps required for internal peer review.
The review process is carried out by 2 separate internal panels, one which is managed by ENV and the other by BIO. The PI should decide which panel is the most appropriate to submit their proposal to irrespective of their own school affiliation.
All Faculty members, regardless of grant success, must submit to the NERC internal peer review process.
NERC (ENV) Panel specific details
Proposals covering: climate, marine science, atmospheric science and earth science
For all standard responsive mode applications made under the Discovery Science scheme:
The Outline Panel will consider project outlines. It will be chaired by the Director of Research (ENV) and include the Head of School (ENV). This will take place approximately 10 weeks in advance of the NERC submission deadline Download the Outline Form (MS Word). Outline applications which are approved to proceed along with large and urgency applications will then need to submit a full completed proposal 4 weeks ahead of the NERC deadline for review.
The Main Panel will be co-chaired by the ENV Director of Research and the BIO Chair of NERC Panel. It will comprise a round table discussion of each proposal , based on written reports from three internal reviewers (including a summary grade). A decision and feedback will be given to the PI shortly after the meeting. The Main Panel will meet approximately 2 weeks ahead of the NERC deadline to enable feedback to be incorporated prior to submission.
NERC (BIO) Life Sciences Panel specific details
Proposals covering: organisms, populations, ecology and conservation
11 weeks before the NERC deadline - submit an outline proposal to RIN. Feedback will be provided on the conceptual worth and pitch.
3 weeks before the NERC deadline - Full and complete proposals to be submitted to RIN for consideration at the sift panel. Reviewers will grade all aspects of proposals according to formal NERC criteria. The panel will feedback their decision whether to approve the submission or defer it to a future round.