Join the NIHR reviewer development scheme

The NIHR Reviewer Development Scheme is for early career researchers who are new to reviewing or want to develop their skills further. The scheme offers members the opportunity to gain experience of peer review for NIHR funding programmes and in turn influence research commissioning. 

Reviewing is an excellent way to:

  • learn what makes a successful research proposal
  • find out about forthcoming research in your field
  • use your expertise to influence research
  • increase your insight into best practice in health and care research
  • gain recognition for your CPD portfolio

As a scheme member you will receive feedback on your reviews, have access to experienced reviewers’ comments and be notified of the committee’s decision about the research brief or proposal you have reviewed. 

Each year, all post-doctoral scheme members are invited to apply for a limited number of one year NIHR trainee committee memberships.

This scheme is for NIHR Academy and Associate members who:

  • hold a current NIHR Academy award or equivalent award as part of an NIHR infrastructure centre, or are in formal training as part of an NIHR funded research project (an NIHR associate member) 


  • are in their final year at doctoral level or are post-doctoral 


  • are below consultant level 
  • are not already experienced reviewers or chief investigators with a strong publication track record

Scheme members must be in receipt of one of the following awards:

NIHR Personal Awards

  • Doctoral Fellowship (final year fellows only)
  • Advanced Fellowship
  • Development and Skills Enhancement Award (DSE)

HEE-NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) Programme

  • Clinical Lectureship
  • ICA Bridging Schemes
  • Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship (CDRF) – (Final year)

Integrated Academic Training (IAT)

  • Clinical Lectureship (CL)

Training within NIHR Infrastructure and NIHR Schools

Final year doctoral or post-doctoral and whose training is within one of the following centres:

  • Biomedical Research Centres (BRCs)
  • Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs)
  • Patient Safety Translational Research Centres (PSTRCs)
  • School for Primary Care Research (SPCR)
  • School for Public Health Research (SPHR)
  • School for Social Care Research (SSCR)

NIHR Associates

Final year doctoral or post-doctoral and whose training is funded as part of an NIHR research funding award such as an HS&DR funded research project.

If you are interested in joining the scheme, please complete the registration form below.  If you have any queries about your eligibility to join the scheme please contact us at
For more experienced award holders interested in reviewing, please register to join our NIHR community of reviewers.


Register to join the NIHR Reviewer Development Scheme

Your information will be held on our secure Management Information System (MIS) so that we can contact you when a suitable reviewing opportunity arises.

For longer answers, you can drag the bottom right-hand corner of a text-entry field to expand the size. If you have any other queries about how to fill out this form, please do not hesitate to contact us on 023 8059 5586 or at

Section 1

Your contact details

Section 2

Your training award

Are you an NIHR Academy or Associate member?

 What type of award do you have?

Training within NIHR Infrastructure and NIHR Schools

If your training award is funded via NIHR Infrastructure and Capacity Building centres, please indicate which type of centre you are associated with.

NIHR Associates

If your training award is funded as part of an NIHR research funding award, please give the research programme, reference number and title of the NIHR research project your training is funded by.


Term of award

Please state the start and end dates of your current training award.

Section 3

Tell us about yourself

Please use the space below to tell us more about yourself, such as your research areas, published work, methodological expertise, and finally any interests or personal experiences that may be relevant.

If you would like to supplement this information by attaching your CV, publication list or other document that may be useful please use this section to add a file.

Section 4


Please identify the areas in which you could most effectively review using 'key' words or phrases (such as paediatric cardiology, service management, health economics, questionnaire design, obesity etc...)

Section 5

Areas of expertise

Please select any areas of expertise relevant to you
Section 6

How did you hear about us?

How you hear about joining the NIHR Reviewer Development Scheme?
Section 7

Data protection

By completing this form you are agreeing to your details being added to our management Information System (MIS) database. Your personal information is held and used in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation 2016 (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act (2018). The Department of Health and Social Care, National Institute for Health Research (DHSC NIHR) is the Data Controller under GDPR. Under GDPR, we have a legal duty to protect any information we collect from you. You should be aware that information given to us might be shared with other DHSC NIHR bodies for the purposes of statistical analysis and other DHSC NIHR management purposes. We also reserve the right to share details of research applications with other approved research funding organisations outside the NIHR in order to coordinate research activity in the UK. Information collected from you will not be passed to any third party outside the NIHR except specifically as detailed above without your consent except where we are under a statutory obligation or entitled to do so by law. Applicants may be assured that DHSC NIHR is committed to protecting privacy and to processing all personal information in a manner that meets the requirements of GDPR. You can ask for your details to be removed from our database at any time. 

View the NIHR Privacy Policy

We publish an annual list of reviewers who have completed a review for us during the past year. If you are asked to review, your contribution as a reviewer will be acknowledged on our website as a gesture of our appreciation. We will only list your name, and ensure that there is no indication of the reviewing task that you have completed. If you would prefer us not to publish your details, please indicate this by ticking here: