Peer review is the cornerstone of the work of the MRC. All proposals submitted to us are scrutinised by independent scientific experts who consider the viability, quality, cost-effectiveness and impact of the science concerned. All researchers supported by the MRC are expected to participate in peer review. Our peer review process is confidential to protect proposals and anonymous to support the free and frank exchange of views.
The RCUK Peer Review Framework describes how peer review is used in assessing applications, making funding decisions and also outlines the approach taken by the research councils in responding to requests for information about the assessment process.