Pre-Submission Review Panel

The RDS are razor sharp. They have made every sentence, every phrase as clear and powerful as possible. – Clinician who submitted to the RDS SC Pre-Submission Review Panel.

What is it?

A meeting where all RDS South Central advisers (health economics, mixed methods, PPI, qualitative and statistical experts, etc.), 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 working days of the Review Panel meeting, giving enough time for the suggestions to be implemented before submitting it to the grant issuing body.


The next Pre-Submission Review Panel will be held on 4th November 2020. If you would like your project to be reviewed, please contact Phil Saunders as soon as possible to register your interest:

Following confirmation, please then submit your draft application to Phil on the relevant funding programme’s application form no later than 9am on Monday 26th October.

You will need to register your project with us by completing our online Request for Support form (if you are already working with us and have registered your project, this is not necessary – in this case, please quote your RDS project number).

Please email Phil if you have any questions:

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.

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 Pre-Submission Review Panel administrator, Phil Saunders, by the deadline at the top of the page. The Pre-Submission Review Panel is popular and requests for review often exceed capacity. We would therefore appreciate it if you could notify Phil as soon as possible if you are interested in submitting to the next panel. The date of the next Pre-Submission Review Panel can be found at the top of this page.

How much does it cost?