Introduction to the college

EPSRC research investment decisions are informed by independent peer review mainly from the College of Peer Reviewers. This consists of around 5,500 independent experts identified as appropriate to provide informed comments on proposals.

The college broadly represents the research community it serves, and is balanced in a number of ways. First, it contains a spread of expertise covering the full breadth of EPSRC remit, able to review across all areas. The college maintains an appropriate balance of age, sex, and ethnicity to reflect the wider research community, as well as a mix of academic and non-academic backgrounds, and geographic locations.

When accepting an invitation to join the college, members agree to review proposals for EPSRC, and, where appropriate, attend prioritisation panels. Each year, EPSRC requires as many as 12,000 reviews, and asks around 600 college members to attend prioritisation panels.