The STFC External Innovations runs a Challenge Led Applied Systems Programme (CLASP) to support the application and commercialisation of STFC research in the four key global research challenge areas identified in the STFC Futures Programme. These four areas are energy, environment, healthcare and security. Individual calls are aligned to specific challenge areas. Further information on the CLASP scheme can be found at the STFC website
The core panel is comprised of representatives from academia, government and industry. For each call the panel will contain a minimum of two specialists with expertise relevant to the specific call remit. This may necessitate the co-option of external specialists. The Chair is appointed for a period of two years. The Chair is selected from the existing panel members by the STFC executive.
The membership of the panel initially will be for the duration of 3 years. If panel membership is extended at the request of the STFC, this will reviewed annually for a maximum of three years.
The CLASP Panel is a peer review body, set up to make recommendations on grant applications received against the CLASP calls. Panel members are required to mentor applicants through the full proposal preparation and to assess progress of the project by review of reports.
It will undertake this task having regard to the overall strategy and policy of STFC’s Council and Science Board, and to the budget positions as advised by the executive.
STFC is committed to eliminating unlawful discrimination. Its equality schemes for gender and disability are at http://www.stfc.ac.uk/1340.aspx. These schemes apply to all STFC committee members. Panel members should be aware of these schemes and the need to ensure equal treatment of applicants. A particular equality issue in peer review is unconscious bias. Despite striving to be objective, people often hold implicit or unconscious assumptions that influence their judgement. Examples range from expectations or
assumptions about physical or social characteristics associated with gender, ethnicity and age to those associated with certain jobs, academic institutions and fields of study. A briefing note on unconscious bias can be found at http://www.stfc.ac.uk/stfc/cache/file/C1A23F1A-816B-47DD-8EC9E22A6247861D.pdf
Finally the applicants will present their proposals directly to the panel. NB Mentors are free
to contribute to the panel discussion and their association with the proposal will be recorded. Panel members should note that there is no limit to the number of proposals reviewed per panel. The meeting is generally held over two days but duration is dependent on the number of proposals submitted for review.
All externally employed panel members may claim reimbursement for their time given on the day of the panel meeting. Given the time required for review of applications and preparation for the meetings self-employed or employees of SME's only may, upon prior request in writing, be offered the standard Honorarium day rate also for preparation time. The reimbursement will reflect the number of proposals reviewed (half a day for 1-4 full proposals a full day for 5-8).