BES Review College

Our Review College reads, comments and scores applications according to their remit of expertise.

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The aim of our Review College is to build a community of individuals who have knowledge, experience and expertise within ecology and use their skills by assessing grant applications.

We call upon members of the Review College to read, comment and score applications according to their remit of expertise.

Our aim is that each application will be seen by three members of the Review College before the top percentage is discussed at our Grants Committee Meeting – where the final decision is made.

Each member of the Review College will choose their relevant areas of expertise from a list of key words, allowing us to link the application to the most appropriate reviewer. There may be times you will be asked to review a grant that falls out of your area of expertise, however we do try to keep this to a minimum.

Peer review of grant applications is an extremely important process; it not only influences the projects and individuals that receive funding, but it also impacts on an individual’s career and the ecological community as a whole.

Time Commitment

Applications are reviewed twice a year – generally during March and October. The length and number of applications each Review College member is assigned varies according to the scheme; we aim to distribute the workload equally.

You can opt to end your membership at any time by emailing Dylan, our Grants and Community Engagement Officer. Membership is reviewed on a regular basis and we will assume you are no longer able to help if you do not respond to requests on more than one occasion.

To Apply

Please register/login to Flexigrant, our online grants system and navigate to the ‘Review College’ tab on the left-hand side of the screen.

You can apply to join the Review College at any time and we aim to process applications within 2 months of submission. You will be notified via email if you have been successful.

We hope to achieve a wide variety of expertise, and will consider members from all areas of ecology.

Join the Review College

Scoring Criteria

As each application is reviewed by 3 members of the review college, your scores will be combined with the reviews from the other members to get an average.

All reviews are collated and the top proportion of applications are discussed in detail at a BES Grants Committee Meeting. The BES Grants Committee makes the final decision on which projects are awarded funding, guided by your scores and comments.


For any grant related enquires, please contact: