Funding Panel membership

Funding Panel members are appointed in a personal capacity for three years, with the possibility of a further one or two years extension. A full list of current members and when their term ends is given below.

We receive proposals from a wide range of disciplines. Additional members may be co-opted to each Panel, for one year, if additional expertise is required.

Assessment procedure | Declarations of interest | Grant Assessment Panel | Studentship Assessment Panel | Training Fellowship Assessment Panel | Skills and Knowledge Transfer Assessment Panel | Strategic Awards 

Assessment procedure

Peer review generally consists of a two stage process:

  1. Applications are assessed by independent, national and international, scientfic experts who consider the viability, scientific quality, cost-effectiveness and likely 3Rs impact of the proposal.  
  2. The Panel assesses applications. During the meeting, proposals are discussed and scored by each member against the scoring critera, assessing both scientifc quality and 3Rs impact, and taking into consideration the referees' scores and comments, the response to reviewers' comments and Panel members' opinions. At the end of the meeting applications are grouped according to the Panel's median score for the proposal.  This is used as a basis for further discussion, which may take into account strategic priorities, prior to reaching final funding decisions. 

For small investments or outline proposals, assessment is normally by a Panel only.

Declarations of interests

Funding Panel members are required to declare any private, professional or commercial interests that might, or that might be perceived to, conflict with the NC3Rs interests as detailed in the declaration of interests policy.


Grant Assessment Panel

Assesses project grant applications.

Member Name Institution Term Ends
Professor Christopher George Swansea University 2022
Professor Michael Bonsall University of Oxford 2021
Dr Derek Brazil Queen's University Belfast 2022
Professor Oliver Burman University of Lincoln 2021
Professor Jon Martin Collinson University of Aberdeen 2021
Dr Darren Dahly University College Cork, Ireland 2022
Dr Manolis Fanto King's College London 2021
Professor Marta García-Fiñana  University of Liverpool 2022
Professor Felicity Gavins Brunel University London 2022
Professor Claire Gibson University of Nottingham 2020
Professor Robert Hindges King's College London 2021
Professor Colin Johnson University of Leeds 2022
Dr John Kendrick  Covance Ltd 2021
Professor Paul Langford  Imperial College London 2022
Dr Pietro Mastroeni  University of Cambridge 2022
Dr Thomas Matheson University of Leicester 2020
Dr Amritpal Mudher  University of Southampton 2022
Dr Patricia Muller CRUK Institute, University of Manchester 2022
Dr Stefano Pluchino University of Cambridge 2020
Dr Lynne Sneddon University of Liverpool 2020
Dr Helen Wheadon University of Glasgow 2021
Professor Jeanette Woolard University of Nottingham 2021
Co-opted to the Outline meeting     
Professor Amir Ghaemmaghami University of Nottingham 2020
Professor Richard Oreffo University of Southampton 2020

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Studentship Assessment Panel

Assesses PhD studentship applications.

Member Institution  Term Ends
Professor Paul Garside (Chair) University of Glasgow 2021
Dr Yassine Amrani  University of Leicester 2022
Dr Jeff Barclay University of Liverpool 2021
Dr William Brackenbury University of York 2022
Professor Andrew Furley University of Sheffield 2021
Professor Amir Ghaemmaghami University of Nottingham 2021
Professor Anne Graham  University of Bradford 2020
Dr Helinor Johnston Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh 2020
Dr Pablo Lamata  King’s College London 2020
Dr Patrick Lewis Royal Veterinary College 2022
Dr Lisa Lione University of Hertfordshire 2021
Dr Melanie Madhani University of Birmingham 2022
Professor Cathy Merry University of Nottingham 2022
Professor Craig Murdoch University of Sheffield 2020
Dr Munitta Muthana  University of Sheffield 2022
Dr Daniel Neill University of Liverpool 2021
Dr Tracey Newman  University of Southampton 2022
Dr Arjuna Ratnayaka University of Southampton 2022
Professor Krasimira Tsaneva-Atanasova University of Exeter 2021
Dr Stephen White Manchester Metropolitan University 2021
Co-opted to the 2020 meeting    
Professor Tim Hardingham University of Manchester 2020

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Training Fellowship Assessment Panel

Assesses proposals submitted to the Training Fellowship scheme.

Member Institution Term Ends
Professor Lucy Walker (Chair) University College London 2020
Dr Emma Blain Cardiff University 2022
Dr Patricia Lalor University of Birmingham 2021
Professor Robin May University of Birmingham 2020
Dr Manasi Nandi King's College London 2022
Professor Neil Vargesson University of Aberdeen 2021

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Skills and Knowledge Transfer Assessment Panel

Assesses proposals submitted to the Skills and Knowledge Transfer grant scheme.

Member Institution Term Ends
Professor Chris Denning (Chair) University of Nottingham 2020
Professor Mark Chambers University of Surrey  2021
Dr Dominic Corkhill AstraZeneca 2021
Dr Jason Rihel University College London 2021
Dr Sally Robinson AstraZeneca 2021
Dr Jane Sosabowski Queen Mary, University of London 2021
Co-opted Panel members    
Dr Clare Davies University of Birmingham 2020
Dr Hassan Rashidi University College London 2020

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Strategic Awards

An assessment Panel is convened for each strategic call. Membership of the Panel is dependent on the strategic focus of each call. A list of Panel members can be found on each strategic award webpage.

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