The UK’s eight Research Councils have begun an initiative to assess the efficiency and value for money of their grant peer review process.
The UK peer review system provides an international benchmark of research quality and the project is based on a continuing commitment of the Research Councils and Government to the principle of the project-based peer review system. The initiative will provide evidence that will inform possible efficiency gains while maintaining the high quality of the system. It will report by the end of September 2006.
The Peer Review Project will include an examination of the full cost of the grant peer review system. It will encompass the cost to institutions of researchers and administrators writing proposals, academics acting as referees and panel members and analysing the time of staff and cost of operations within the Councils themselves.
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