Get involved with the Whole Systems Networking Fund

18 Nov 2021

Transforming energy research

On 27 January we will open the call for its WSNF. The WSNF seeks to do things differently and see what happens when we centre Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in research practices. As such, the appraisal process is slightly different to other academic funds, and we are looking for volunteers to help us.

Blind assessment

Blind screening, i.e. the removal of identifying information, is seen as best practice in EDI because it removes assessor bias. We have therefore opted for a two-stage appraisal process for this round of the WSNF: a blind screening stage and a non-blind assessment stage.

During the blind screening stage, all identifying information will be removed and assessors will score proposals against criteria that relates to project design, methodology, fit to the call theme and impact. This will ensure that ideas are judged, not the applicants themselves. Proposals that pass the threshold will then progress onto the next stage, where the fund’s Steering Group (SG) will consider applications in their entirety and choose who to award.

Get involved

We are looking for volunteers to join our pool of blind screeners. Members of our research programme (from all career stages) have volunteered to help us, but in the spirit of advancing diversity, we want to open this up to the wider community as well. We encourage people from different backgrounds – for example industry or third sector – to contact us, as your difference of perspective will be greatly appreciated.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of an initiative that seeks to transform research practices for the better. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Amber Sawyer for more information and to discuss your suitability.