Pre-Submission Review Panel

What is it?

A meeting where all RDS South Central advisers, plus a lay representative and a clinical expert, assemble to act as a mock funding panel to review, critique and provide feedback to potential applicants on well-worked-up health and social care grant applications intended for submission to NIHR / national peer-reviewed funding streams.

What do I get out of it?

Submitting your grant application to the Pre-Submission Review Panel can give it an added edge, as it will be reviewed in the same way as it would by the grant issuing body. Feedback is given to the researcher within 10 days of the Review Panel meeting, giving enough time for the suggestions to be implemented before submitting it to the grant issuing body.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible you must be developing a research grant proposal for submission to one of the NIHR funding programmes or another national open peer-reviewed funding competition in applied health or social care.

Please be aware that in order for the panel to review your application, it must be submitted on the relevant funding programme’s application form.


The next Pre-Submission Review Panel will be held on 13th March 2019.

If you would like your project to be reviewed, please submit it to the RDS no later than 9am on Monday 4th March (you must be registered with the RDS to submit a project).

Please email us if you have any questions:

Should I attend the meeting?

Researchers submitting a proposal for review do not attend the Pre-Submission Review Panel meeting.

What is the deadline for submitting a grant application to the RDS for the Pre-Submission Review Panel?

The Pre-Submission Review Panel convenes three times a year (normally March, June and November).

In order for your application to be considered you must submit it to the RDS South Central no fewer than two weeks before the panel meeting. Please see the Latest Events & Funding Deadlines page for a full list of forthcoming meetings. The date of the next Pre-Submission Review Panel can be found at the top of this page.

How much does it cost?