Call for the ISPF reviewers and panel members

The British Council is inviting expressions of interest from early-career to senior-career researchers to act as reviewers and panel members for proposals submitted under the International Science Partnerships Fund (ISPF). Reviewers and panel members are required to be researchers in full-time academic positions.

Peer review is a fundamental part of the assessment process, as it provides expert knowledge to enable panels to make appropriate and considered funding decisions.

As a reviewer or panel member, you will receive in-depth knowledge of processes, including a deeper understanding of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) and the importance of inclusive research practices, which can further develop your reviewing and proposal writing skills. Being part of the decision-making process will also give you a broad view of the novel ideas coming through the funding pipeline.

Applicants should indicate which review panel they would like to join:

  • arts and humanities
  • biological and medical sciences
  • engineering and physical sciences
  • natural environment
  • social sciences.

Eligibility: Applicants must demonstrate their relevant expertise and experience of peer-reviewing.

Level of renumeration: Panels will meet online a maximum of twice a year to assess the proposals in each thematic area. Reviewers will be required to assess up to ten applications prior to panel meetings.
An honorarium of £80 will be given to each reviewer for participating in this process. Panel members will each be assigned up to 20 applications to present during panel meetings. An honorarium of £160 will be given to each panel member for participating in this process.

Key dates

  • 19 January 2024: applications close at 12:00 p.m. GMT

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