Previously a sub-group of the College Research Committee

(Disbanded March 2023)

Terms of Reference

  • To agree the appropriate review steps for any research funding call or research related opportunity that requires cross-College management, as advised by the Head of Funding Strategy, Research Office.
  • To undertake agreed reviews and assessments of cross-College internal research proposals and other research proposals as required, and make appropriate recommendations.
  • To report outcomes of reviews to the CRC.


Method of Working

  • The Group will comprise of the Vice-Dean (Research) for each Faculty and the Business School.  Additional members can be invited with the agreement of all members and the Head of Funding Strategy on an ad hoc basis.
  • The chair of the Group will be the Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise).  
  • The Group will meet on a monthly basis.
  • A minimum of two members of the Group are required to be quorate.
  • Recommendations on the need for cross-College review, assessment or management of funding calls will be made by the Head of Funding Strategy working with the Faculty Strategic Research Managers or equivalent.
  • Reviews and assessments will be based on criteria of the excellence of the proposed research, eligibility and fit to the call.
  • Feedback to applicants will be limited to a statement of their success or otherwise unless there is additional feedback that is considered to be useful.
  • The Funding Strategy team is responsible for informing applicants of the outcome of each review and any identified feedback.
  • Summary information on recommendations and outcomes will be reported to the College Research Committee.

Conflict of interest

Conflicts of interest are declared at the start of each meeting if a member of the Committee has a direct interest in the outcome of the discussion through any of the following:

  • Being a collaborator on the project in question;
  • Being a supervisor of any students involved in the project;
  • Being line manager to any staff involved in the project.

Other conflicts may exist and meeting participants are requested to raise any other possible conflicts which may have an impact on their ability to participate in relevant discussions. Conflicts do not necessarily exclude meeting participants from discussions, managing the inputs from participants is at the Chair’s discretion.