ESRC resubmissions policy

ESRC does not allow the resubmission of any previously unsuccessful proposals, unless you have been explicitly invited to do so. Where there is compelling evidence from peer review, we will invite a small number of resubmissions where advised by the Grant Assessment Panels (GAPs), or equivalent.

We have introduced this policy as part of a suite of demand management measures, to help alleviate pressure on all involved in our peer review process. Over the past two decades the number of proposals received by the Research Councils has rapidly increased. This level of demand is putting huge pressure on the peer review system, including reviewers and panels. Using the peer review process to improve proposals through multiple resubmissions puts extreme pressure on our pool of reviewers, the majority of whom are also at some stage applicants for ESRC funding. We expect all proposals entering the peer review process to have been carefully planned written by applicants and quality assured by institutions, so that when they are submitted they are highly competitive, with a genuine prospect of being funded. This policy will promote high-quality peer review for each proposal, which will in turn be of benefit to applicants, reviewers, panels, and the community as a whole.

The definition of a resubmission is "Any proposal (including an outline) that has been previously submitted to ESRC – through any kind of funding scheme, including both calls for proposals and open-date responsive mode. If you apply through a call and your proposal is not funded, you cannot resubmit it in responsive mode (and vice versa) unless explicitly invited to do so."

If you submit a proposal to another Research Council and it is judged to be out of their remit before undergoing peer review, you can submit it to us if it is within our remit.

The purpose of our invitation-only policy is to allow for the modification and/or further development and improvement of only those proposals that have the potential to be a highly competitive proposal with a genuine prospect of being funded. There is no guarantee that a resubmitted proposal will be successful, as it will be in competition with an entirely new tranche of proposals. We will, however, look to invite some reviewers and assessors who commented on the previously submitted proposal.

Where a resubmission is invited, a covering letter summarising the major revisions must accompany the proposal. If you are resubmitting a proposal following an invitation to do so, you must complete a new submission through the Je-S system and you should identify your application as an invited resubmission using the appropriate tick-box.

This policy applies regardless of any previous ESRC correspondence: letters issued with funding decisions or other correspondence advising that you may resubmit your proposal after six months are no longer applicable.

Proposals identified by us as uninvited resubmissions will not be processed. These will be classified as unsuccessful on quality grounds in data provided to the Research Organisation as part of our demand management strategy.

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