We assess charities’ peer review processes when they apply for membership and carry out a full audit of all members every five years.

2015 audit

In 2015, we undertook an audit of all members that joined before 1 January 2014. AMRC convened an audit committee to help AMRC oversee and assess our member’s peer review practices. The committee was authorised to:

  • Investigate any activity within its terms of reference.
  • Review members' peer review audit responses (subject to conflicts of interest).
  • Make peer review audit recommendations to AMRC for its consideration.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of revision to AMRC's principles of peer review.

Click below for an overview of the results.

Raising the standards of research funding: an audit of how AMRC members undertake peer review

For a look at more in depth findings, see our briefing:

2015 peer review audit: briefing


Should you have any questions, please contact Andy.

The audit also provides an opportunity to collect benchmarking data on the amount of work involved in peer review, and allows us to reassess our principles to ensure they are keeping pace with best practice.

Due to the rigorous principles our members must adhere to, universities, government and funding bodies all use AMRC membership as a hallmark of quality.

Universities that receive grants from AMRC members that are awarded in open competition (where the funds are available to researchers across the country) can apply for the Charity Research Support Fund, which provides up to 20% extra funding to cover the infrastructure and indirect costs of charity research.

In the NHS, research awarded in open competition in England by AMRC charities is eligible for additional support via AcoRD.