It's in everyone's interests that funding decisions are made in a timely way. We work with our Peer Review College and the broader community of researchers and users of research to ensure this.

Processing times

Around half of proposal decisions are made within five months of application, and around three quarters within six months.

Please bear these general figures in mind when preparing a proposal and suggesting a start date.

Reviewer response rates

The most significant determinant of the time taken to make a decision on any proposal tends to be the reviewing stage. See the Research Funding Guide for more details of the peer review process.

Without sufficient usable reviews we are unable to make funding decisions. We monitor reviewer response rates to identify potential issues at an individual, organisational or community level. Where necessary we will intervene to address poor response rates.