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How to submit your review

Reviewers are chosen for their expertise in a particular field of research.  Some schemes may require reviewers with different levels of expertise or particular skill sets. In certain circumstances we may ask a reviewer to consider a single aspect of a proposal, for example a particular methodological approach or one strand of a multi-faceted proposal.

If you are approached to provide a review, you will receive an email containing the details of the proposal. You will normally be asked to complete the review using the Joint electronic Submission System (Je-S). Logging into Je-S gives access to all the information you need to carry out your review. You will be able to see the proposal documents including the case for support, justification of resources, data management plan, CVs and other documents.

You will be asked to complete a review form online, which will contain various questions about the proposed work and your assessment of it. You should refer to the assessment criteria for each scheme and the guidance on how to write a good review.

You will also be asked to provide an overall score from 1-6. You should refer to the scoring matrix for what we expect of proposals in each scoring band and should justify why you are giving this score within your comments.

What happens to your review?

Your review is passed to the board or panel members, who will use it to inform their assessment of the proposal. In most cases but not all* this involves a triage or shortlisting after which some proposals are rejected, followed by a meeting where the most competitive proposals are discussed and a final funding decision is made.

Your review will be made available to the applicant. In most cases**, those applicants that pass through triage will have the opportunity to respond to all of the reviewers’ comments before the board or panel meeting.

You will be informed when a proposal you have reviewed is successful. The outcomes of all funding decisions will be published on the MRC website soon after the board or panel meeting.

*excludes DPFS and some MRC strategic calls
**excludes fellowships, DPFS and some MRC strategic calls


If you cannot comment within the suggested timescale, please confirm this immediately so we can discuss extending the deadline or consider approaching another reviewer. You can contact our board and panel teams via email: peer.review@mrc.ukri.org


If you have any queries about the review process, please contact our board and panel teams via email: peer.review@mrc.ukri.org

Further guidance on using Je-S can be found on the Je-S help pages or by contacting the Je-S helpdesk.

  • Email: JeSHelp@je-s.ukri.org
  • Phone: +44 (0) 1793 44 4164*
  • Staffed Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5pm and Fridays 8:30am to 4:30pm (excluding bank holidays and other holidays)