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Understanding stakeholder expectations about the peer review process study

Study title: Understanding stakeholder expectations about the peer review process: Secondary data analysis of interview transcripts from applicants, peer reviewers, funding committee members and staff of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR).

Study description: At the beginning of 2017 applicants, peer reviewers, funding committee members and staff were interviewed and invited to provide views on the peer review process of full applications for funding. The aim of this work was to make improvements to the peer review process for the benefit of all those involved in which the views of stakeholders were sought. As an outcome of this work a paper titled ‘Evaluation of stakeholder views on peer review of NIHR applications for funding: a qualitative study’ was published in the BMJ Open. 

Given the success of this project and the quality of the data collected we are re-analysing the interview data collected to further develop our understanding of the expectations of peer review and reviewers, and to support the development of alternative approaches to peer review through our new programme of work: Peer review and decision-making in research funding.

Current study status: The qualitative data is currently being analysed and themes agreed on.

Study contact details:

Email:

abigail.bull@nihr.ac.uk

ab20g14@soton.ac.uk

kathryn.fackrell@nihr.ac.uk

K.L.Fackrell@soton.ac.uk

ror@nihr.ac.uk

Twitter:

@NIHR_RoR

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