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Committee/Pool membership

Serving on a Committee provides useful insight into the grant funding process, offers an opportunity to be involved in the support of cutting edge research and will be beneficial in the preparation of future grant proposals for those who serve.

What vacancies are available on the Pool of Experts?

The Pool of Experts and Research Committees play a key role in delivering BBSRC's mission through participation in the assessment of research grant proposals, and identification of the highest quality research for investment.

If you are interested in joining the Pool of Experts, please see our advert at The application will be open until midnight 5 July 2015 for appointments starting around Oct 2015

Expertise requirements

We are looking for people in all areas of BBSRC remit, but are particularly keen to recruit people with the following expertise:

  1. Ageing across the lifecourse
  2. Agro-ecology
  3. Animal behaviour
  4. Animal health and welfare (including fish)
  5. Aquaculture
  6. Bioimaging instrument development
  7. Bioinformatics programming
  8. Defining and measuring sustainability (in the context of agri-systems)
  9. Electrophysiology
  10. Entomology
  11. Genotype-phenotype-environment (GxPxE)
  12. Horticulture
  13. Human nutrition and heath
  14. Immunology (especially animal immunology)
  15. Livestock production
  16. Metabolic Pathways
  17. Microbiology
  18. Modeling in Drosophila
  19. Neuroscience
  20. Nitrogen fixation
  21. Responses of biological systems to changes in management/environment
  22. Scale up of biological processes
  23. Social and environmental aspects of the agricultural landscape/social capital and natural resources
  24. Soil and land management
  25. Sustainable agriculture
  26. Virology
  27. Wheat biology
  28. Whole systems approaches/landscape-scale approaches
  29. Whole systems physiology

How do the Committees operate?

Each Committee has a Core membership that is complemented at each meeting by members drawn from the Pool of Experts. Membership of the Core Committees and Pool of Experts is composed of both academic and industrial representatives. Whilst serving on a Committee, Core and Pool members are considered to be of equal standing and where possible, appointments to Core positions are made from the existing Pool membership. This Core/Pool mode of operation ensures that BBSRC have the appropriate expertise available to assess the proposals it receives.

How long would I serve?

Core and Pool members are initially appointed for a period of one year, with the expectation that they will serve a maximum term of three years in either a Pool and/or Core role. For members initially serving on the Pool and then moving to a Core position, a maximum service period of six years is permitted.

How many meetings will I have to attend?

Attendance of Committee meetings will depend upon the portfolio of applications received, conflicts of interest and availability. Due to the size and diversity of the Pool members of the Pool are likely to serve on a Committee for fewer meetings than Core members. Pool members may also be asked to assist with the reviewing of applications for a meeting.

What is involved?

The majority of the work for Committee members takes place in the two to three weeks before a Committee meeting. Meetings currently take place three times a year in February, May and September. Committee members are usually approached to serve 12 weeks before a meeting. Each Committee member will usually be asked to introduce 8-12 proposals and will need to use the reviewer comments as well as their own experience to reach a view on each proposal.

Prior to serving, members are also required to attend an induction. These inductions typically last one day and a number are held throughout the year.

Do I get paid for being a Committee member?

Eligible Committee members are paid an honorarium for attending a meeting and reasonable travel expenses will also be reimbursed.

Do I get any training?

Members do receive initial induction training which includes participation in a simulated meeting. The office also provides ongoing support to all serving members.