Introduction to the college

Our Peer Review College consists of approximately 6,000+ members whose expertise help to ensure that EPSRC supports the highest quality research across the remit of our portfolio.

Peer review is a fundamental part of our assessment process. The expert knowledge provided through this process allows our panel members to make appropriate, considered funding decisions. Our Peer Review College members are our preferred source of peer reviewers, as they have undertaken training upon joining the College and will be committed to undertake a number of reviews per year, as well as attend prioritisation panels, where possible.

Benefits of becoming a College member

The benefits to you as a College member, are in the training, the reviewing of EPSRC proposals and panel attendance providing you with in depth knowledge of our Peer Review processes and principles, helping you to further increase your knowledge of reviewing and proposal writing. You will be a part of the decision-making process and get a broad view of the novel ideas coming through the funding pipeline in your area. There is recognition for College Members who make a significant contribution to the Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS) community Peer Review effort through Letters to the member’s organisation and also on the EPSRC website: Responsibilities and benefits.  Additionally, reviews completed are recorded on a member’s ORCID account. See ORCID reviewer recognition for UKRI reviewers.

For an insider view of the role of College members and its benefit to you and the EPS community please watch the short video Being a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College (or its transcript) and these written quotes from current college members: An insider view from peer reviewers.

We take a proactive approach to maintaining an appropriate balance of members across our College to ensure it contains a spread of expertise covering the full breadth of EPSRC remit whilst upholding an appropriate balance of career stage, gender, and ethnicity to reflect the wider research community, as well as a mix of academic and non-academic backgrounds, and geographic locations.

Are you interested in joining our Peer Review College? Our application process is always open, more information can be found here:

Recent re-structure of the College

Before 2022 the EPSRC Peer Review College consisted of a two-tier structure with an Associate and a Full College, with biannual promotion rounds. To simplify the process and enable easier access and use for both College members and EPSRC staff we have changed to a single College structure in line with other Councils across UKRI. New College members will need to complete the online training and their Je-S profile information before being added to the College.

Current full College members and associate members who have completed their training and Je-S expertise will automatically remain on the College. Associate members who have not yet completed the training/and or the Je-S profile will be asked to do so. You should have received email communication from EPSRC providing information on these changes, but if you have any questions please contact us on college@epsrc.ukri.org.