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Opportunity to be involved in assessing applications to the EPSRC New Horizons call

Please note that this survey will be closing on 07 December 2021. 

We are seeking panel members to help us in the second phase of an exciting pilot activity utilising new peer review approaches with the aim of supporting a portfolio of highly adventurous research. This New Horizons call will not be using postal peer review with all peer review taking place at panels.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) have launched this second pilot phase with a focus on speculative, high-risk research ideas that could potentially offer high reward. New Horizons will use a bespoke application process and will be inviting applications up to a value of £200,000 (80% FEC), and up to two years in duration. Please complete this survey to indicate your interest in being a panel member. Once your submission has been accepted, EPSRC will add you to the centralised UKRI contacts database. You should not complete this survey if you intend to apply to this scheme.

EPSRC are inviting outline proposals consisting of only an anonymous one-page outline. Applications successful at outline stage will be invited to submit a full proposal, four-page case for support. In addition to the information provided at outline proposal stage, this should describe the project’s methodology and applicant team’s ability to deliver the proposed research. Further information will be made available in the funding opportunity guidance on 09 November 2021, found here: here: https://www.ukri.org/opportunity/high-risk-speculative-research-ideas-in-engineering-and-ict/

Proposals will be from the remit of the research areas within EPSRC's Engineering and ICT themes. A full list of these research areas can be found within the funding opportunity guidance.

We are looking for panel members to assess proposals and discuss these at subsequent peer review panels. We anticipate that panel members will be allocated approximately 30 proposals each, although this is dependent upon demand. For consistency, EPSRC are aiming for a proportion of panel members to assist with both the outline and full proposal panels. Panels will likely be held across 2-3 days and dates are to be confirmed shortly. However, EPSRC can confirm that panels will be held during the weeks commencing:

Outline Panels: 14 March 2022
Full Proposal Panels: 13 June 2022 or 20 June 2022

Proposals will be shared with panel members 2-3 weeks prior to panels to provide time to assess proposals ahead of discussing them during panel meetings. For outline panels, please ensure that you are willing and available between 14 February to 19 March in order to provide sufficient time to complete your assessments.

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* 1. General Information:

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* 2. Email address (if you have a Je-S account, please enter the same email that you have in your Je-S account currently)

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* 3. Organisation Type

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* 4. Are you a member of EPSRC's Peer Review College?

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* 5. Have you previously reviewed or are in the process of reviewing a proposal for a UKRI organisation?

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* 6. Have you previously been a panel member in a peer review panel for a UKRI organisation?

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* 7. Have you previously chaired a peer review panel for a UKRI organisation?

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* 8. Please identify the research area(s) most relevant to your expertise?

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* 9. List up to six additional keywords that describe your areas of expertise, and which EPSRC might consider to be of value for delivery of the New Horizons call.

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* 10. Please confirm you will be willing and available for a period between 14 February to 19 March to complete your assessment of applications for this call. This will involve acting as a panel member on an EPSRC peer review panel week commencing 14 March 2022.

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* 11. Would you also be willing to assist with a full proposal panel which will be held week commencing 13 June 2022 or 20 June 2022 and be able to assess proposals 2-3 weeks ahead of this?

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* 12. Please confirm that you will not be submitting an application to this call (either as PI or Co-I)?

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