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?
BBSRC has identified a number of vacancies within the Pool of Experts and would in particular welcome expressions of interest in the following areas:
- Animal welfare
- Agricultural systems
- Basic cell biology (all organisms)
- Behaviour (non-human)
- Environmental biotechnology
- Food and nutritional science
- Industrial biotechnology
- Molecular developmental biology
- Molecular neuroscience
- Soil science
- Tissue engineering
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.