Fri, 01 Oct | Online Via Zoom

Insight Series: Mock Peer Review Panel (Biomedical Science applications)

An opportunity to experience how research grant moderating panels are conducted and to pick up some useful hints and tips on how to become more effective in applying for research funding.
Insight Series: Mock Peer Review Panel (Biomedical Science applications)

Time & Location

01 Oct, 10:00 – 16:00
Online Via Zoom

About the Event

Participants will assume the role of a moderating panel member; introducing, reading and providing scores for research excellence on research proposals and contributing to the rank ordering of proposals contained within a ‘panel pack’.

Participants will read and provide comment on real proposals (both successful and unsuccessful) and act as panel members;  providing critique and recommendations to an experienced chair.

Proposals within the panel pack are within the broad field of biomedical research (via the internal  Wellcome ISSF funding scheme at Cardiff University) and have been generously shared by the applicants for the purpose of training. The proposals are anonymised to protect the identity of the applicant and permission has been sought from all of the applicants.


Invitees to the event will take on the role of panel member. In order to get the most from the experience, all participants will need to do some preparatory work prior to the day. This includes:

  • Thoroughly reading and reviewing, providing comment and assigning scores on proposals to which they have been assigned as an Introducer
  • Reading  all other applications in the pack

For the workshop to work effectively, and to derive the maximum benefit, participants are expected to:

  1. Devote adequate preparation time for this workshop
  2. Make all reasonable effort to attend
  3. Agree to keep the contents of the panel pack confidential and not to disclose information within the packs for ANY purpose, other than for the purpose of training.
  4. Agree not to duplicate the contents of the panel pack or share the contents more widely.

The more work participants put into the workshop prior to the event, the more realistic the simulation, the more experience gained. This experience will help you develop high quality proposals for panel review..

No prior knowledge is expected, though the applications are withing the biomedical sciences and would therefore suit biomedical researchers/innovators.

Panel documentation will be supplied at least two weeks before the event and information supplied in the applications to be used in the mock panel goes beyond that which is publicly available. You are expected to treat it in the same way as is expected at actual panel meetings: i.e. as confidential and not for personal use.

REGISTRATION For Direct Participants to CLOSE: Thursday 16 September 2021 (Noon)

All other participants will be added to the waiting list and can attend the panel as "observers". Obersvers do not need to complete any work beforehand.

REGISTRATION for Observers to CLOSE: Thursday 30 September 2021 (Noon)

Facilitated by Mari Nowell and Andrew Staphnill.

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