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Research Operations Office


Published on Tue, 21/04/2015 - 12:23

The BBSRC have announced several changes to their processes and procedures. More detailed information can be found at: In summary the changes are:

  • The timing of future grant rounds and delays in processing grants
  • Changes to the committee structure (particularly Committee C)
  • Prioritisation - ensuring that grants are prioritised according to the BBSRC's strategic plan
  • Quality of proposals and peer review effort - recommendation to have internal review procedures and referee scoring
  • Changes to standard procedures - reduction of application errors and better justification of resources
  • Eligibility, resubmissions and BBSRC remit - ensuring that only eligible persons apply for grants that are in the remit of the BBSRC
  • Scoring "Pathways to Impact"
  • Refereeing of grant applications - track record of being a referee

In addition to the above, the BBSRC have also confirmed their move to the Shared Services Centre (SSC) and have advised of the following:

  • A slowing of service between February and April 2011
  • For Pre Award, those grants with an application close date of January 2011 will take much longer than normal to announce. Referee co-operation is extremely important at this time
  • For Post Award, no grant changes will be processed in this transition time (transfers, No Cost Extensions, Start dates etc). The BBSRC will adjust the dates of final expenditure statements and reports in due course. The Research Office are liaising with the BBSRC for confirmation dates
  • There are also a number of process changes particularly in using JeS, which will be enforced for all changes to grants. Also, a pre award tracker is to be implemented along with online refereeing

More information on the announcements following their move to the SSC, can be found at

Further details and a presentation will be made at the RGUG on Tuesday 1 March 2011, however, if you have any questions, please contact your School Team