Responsive Mode panels
From January 2014 NERC will have 5 stable panel portfolios to assess responsive mode funding applications for Standard/Standard New Investigator and Fellowship grants. Each Panel will have a Core membership that is complemented at a meeting by additional members drawn from the Peer Review College. The ratio of Core and Pool members will vary from meeting to meeting but it is intended that panels will consist of approximately 50% Core members. Large grant applications will be organised similarly but - due to the nature of the awards - will be assessed by an inter-disciplinary panel with membership taken from the Peer Review College (as described above) according to the expertise required.
Applicants submitting proposals to responsive model closing dates (not Large grants) from October 2013 will be asked to select a panel to assess their proposal. NERC will reserve the right to change the panel allocation post-submission but the applicants will be consulted if any changes are made. All members of the Peer Review College will be assigned to a particular panel but may be asked to attend any panel meeting, according to the expertise required (and to ensure that appropriate expertise is available to assess the applications received).
NERC's classification of science within its remit is part of "RCUK Research Classification". NERC has 51 Science Topics grouped within higher-level Research Subjects as part of this classification. NERC has used these topics to create 5 stable portfolio areas as follows:
These panel areas and the description of them will be developed in further detail over-time by panel members and NERC. NERC will review the panel portfolios every 2 years and make any necessary amendments.
Further details on how the topics are divided between panels can be found in the spreadsheet below.
Core membership of each panel will be published in January 2014, following the 2013 Peer Review College recruitment.
Lists of panel members attending responsive mode panel meetings are published.