All applications to the Chief Scientist Office response mode research grant schemes are assessed by one of two research advisory committees. For more information on the remit of each committee and the type of application that is appropriate please see the committee pages.
The composition of these committees is vital and CSO wishes to ensure that each has good coverage in terms of its expertise by topic/subject, discipline, research methods and institution and that they include lay representatives.
Committee members serve for fixed terms and membership is continuously reviewed. If you are interested in becoming a Committee member, we would like to hear from you. Please email a CV and a covering letter to Mark Elsdon which sets out your particular expertise in terms of subject areas, discipline and research methods, any relevant experience gained from other committees and we will keep your details on file for consideration as places become available. Final decisions on membership are taken by CSO, in consultation with the Committee Chair and Vice-Chair.
Process for Applications
The first stage in applying for a grant is to submit a 4 page outline proposal through your local University Research Office or NHS R&D office as appropriate. Outline proposals will be reviewed by a panel of members of the relevant research committee to make recommendations to CSO about which applications should be taken forward to the next stage.
Those that have been successful at this stage will be notified and invited to submit a full application. Applicants will have around six weeks to submit the full application and will be notified of the deadline. Full proposals will be sent to independent peer-reviewers and also three committee members. Applicants will be asked to respond to the reviewers’ comments and will be given one week to do so. Full proposals, peer-review reports and applicants responses to the peer-review reports will be considered by the committee in order to make funding recommendations to CSO.
The deadline for submission of outline applications for future submission rounds and indicative timings for notification of the outcome of the review of outline proposals and full applications are given below.
|Deadline for outline applications||Indicative timing of notification of the outcome of appraisal of outline applications||Indicative timing of notification of the outcome of appraisal of full applications|
|5pm 1 July 2016||August 2016||December 2016|
|5pm 13 January 2017||February 2017||June 2017|
|5pm 30 June 2017||August 2017||December 2017|