Details of individual Council requirements for classifications can be found the subsequent help sections:








AHRC specific

AHRC normally require proposals to be classified using three elements:

For calls issued under Strategic Programmes, AHRC may also require an indication of which programme theme(s) are addressed by the proposal.

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BBSRC specific

Research Committee: Committees' remits are available here:

Priorities and Highlights: these are also available here:

Please note that there will be times when no highlights are running.  In this case the only option available will be 'Not in Highlight'.

Strategic Plan Objectives: classify the research proposal according to the Strategic Plan Objective classifiers listed on the screen. Apply 1 to 5 classifiers. Classifications will not be used in the assessment of the research grant proposals but may be used for reporting against Strategic Plan Objectives and for analysing the BBSRC portfolio by scientific area.

The BBSRC Strategic Plan can be found here:

BBSRC Remit Guidance:

Keyword Selection


The keywords that you select will be used to assist BBSRC Scientific Peer Review staff, in matching your proposal with suitable referees who have provided their keywords using the same classification system. The Form comprises a number of different screens, as described below. You must select between one and eight keywords.



This screen presents a table listing the Keyword/Research Topic/Science Area combinations that will be held in your application when you submit your form. The first time you open this screen, the table will be empty.

The list may be edited as follows:

  1. To add an entry to the list, click on the appropriate command labelled 'Add new keyword(s)', and this will take you to the 'Add new keywords’ screen (see below).

  2. To remove an entry from the list, click on the tick box to the left to select it, and then click on the command labelled 'Remove selected keywords'.  Multiple selections from the list are possible.

The maximum number of entries allowed in the table is eight. If your list contains more than eight entries a warning message will appear alerting you to this, and you will need to remove some entries before you will be able to submit your Form:

Warning: You have 10 keyword research topic combinations. You are limited to a maximum of 8 to cover the science contained within your research proposal.

It is essential that the keyword data held in your record are as accurate as possible; these data will play an important role in our referee selection process.  

Add new keywords screen

This is the screen in which you may search for and select any of our standard Keyword/Research Topic/Science Area combinations and add them to your application’s list.

  1. You may search our standard list either by Keyword, by Research Topic or by ‘Science Area’. If you choose the third option, two boxes with drop down arrows will appear, firstly you should choose the Science Area within which you would like to search. All the Research Topics for the selected Science Area will be displayed. By selecting one of these Research Topics the associated Keywords will then be made available for selection

  2. If searching by Keyword or Research Topic, click in the text entry box above the 'Search' button, and type in at least two consecutive characters from the word that you wish to search for (these need not be the first two letters. When you have finished entering your search term, click on the 'Search' button.

  3. The results of the search will appear in Keyword / Research Topic / Science Area table. If there is an entry that you wish to add to your list you should click on the adjacent tick box and then the 'Add selected' button located under the search results table: multiple selections from the search results are possible, click on the tick boxes for each of the keywords you require. You may need to scroll down to reach the 'Add selected' button, depending on your screen resolution and browser settings. Clicking on it will return you to the previous screen, which will have been updated to include your choice(s).

Note: If adding the number of search results that you select would make your personal list exceed the limit of eight entries then a warning message will appear.

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ESRC specific

Initial question
Is the proposed research international in nature? This could include the research area of focus, collaborations, data sets or any other notable international aspect of the  research. You should answer yes if:

If Yes, please complete free text box
Please detail the nature of the international aspect of the research and identify all countries involved.

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MRC specific

Board or Panel Portfolio

The information you provide here will help assist the Council in selecting reviewers and will aid us in routing the proposal to the correct Programme Manager. When submitting an application you must ensure that the Call details selected under the Project Details section of the Je-S the document corresponds to the selection made under ‘Board’ to allow the proposal to be directed to the correct Board/Panel/Committee/Scheme. Failure to do this may result in a delay in the Research Council’s processing of the application.


If you are unsure as to all the MRC bodies that exist and their remits then please follow the link to our web pages on the subject.
When submitting an application you must ensure the Call selected on the first page of Je-S when creating the document corresponds to the selection made under ‘Board’ to allow the proposal to be directed to the correct Board/Panel/Committee/Scheme. Failure to do this will result in a delay in the Research Council’s processing of the application.


Centre Grant

Centres allow the MRC to help universities develop and consolidate internationally competitive, high-profile centres of excellence with a clear strategic direction in areas of importance for UK medical research. More information can be found at


Methodology Research Panel

Methodology research covers a broad area. For the purposes of obtaining funding from the MRC/NIHR Methodology Research Programme, methodology research includes methods development to underpin the biomedical sciences. More information can be found at


New Investigator Research Grant

New Investigator Research Grants provide support for clinical and non-clinical researchers while they are establishing themselves as independent principal investigators. More information can be found at:


Partnership Grant

The partnership grant aims to provide support for collaborative activities that add value to existing research or helps galvanise researchers in a particular field, or complementary fields, to address important issues that cannot be addressed through other funding arrangements. More information can be found at:


Programme Grant

Programme grants provide larger, longer term (five years) and renewable programme funding. More information can be found at:


Research Grant

The research grant is designed to be flexible enough to support a very wide range of research needs. It is therefore our main scheme for supporting biomedical science in UK universities and NHS Trusts. More information can be found at:


Strategic Grant

Strategic grants can no longer be applied for under this call.


Human Biological Samples

Does your work involve human Biological samples: research which involves laboratory studies on human material which are specifically designed to understand or treat a disease / disorder? NB: basic biomedical research remote from application to a disease / disorder, such as the use of immortalised human cell lines in model biological systems, is excluded.  More information can be found at:


Technology Development

Does your work involve Technology development for clinical use: development or adaptation of technologies for diagnosis or therapy, e.g. instrument development for diagnostic or surgical use; development of new techniques, such as photodynamic therapy, for clinical use.


Research Setting

Indicate weather the research involves a particular medical setting such as primary care or secondary care. This should be applied whether the research is based on direct patient contact, samples, or data, provided that the research is directly relevant to the problems being addressed in that setting.

Stem Cells

The aim here is to identify basic, translational and clinical research that is intended to lead to the use of stem cells for therapy and other applications relevant to health. Use of stem cells as a tool in transgenics, and most basic developmental biology, should not be flagged.

Developing Countries

Will the research involve a substantial component in developing countries? If so select those that apply.



Please enter relevant keywords for this research. Where possible use standard MeSH terms as this will help us in the research classification process.

Please follow the link to the MeSH website


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NERC specific

Science classification

The NERC management system for administering and processing research grants and training awards includes a four-part section to accommodate a science classification.

The classification scheme is NERC-wide and spans the whole range of Earth System Science supported by Council, both in the academic community and within NERC's Research Centres. NERC can only accept application forms that have been fully completed, including all relevant parts of the classification section.

1. Science area

Please indicate within which science area or areas your application falls and indicate percentage relevance (totalling 100%).

2. Secondary classification

Please put a tick in the box under any heading that is appropriate to your project (Earth Observation, Science-based Archaeology, Arctic Polar science, Antarctic Polar science, part of a cross research council programme or a co-funded project). You may tick any number of relevant boxes, or leave this part blank.

3. Environmental & Natural Resource Issues (ENRI)

You are asked to indicate the percentage relevance to one or more of the ENRIs in this part of the classification scheme (totalling 100%), that best describe the environmental context of your application. The definitions are set out below:

Biodiversity - understanding the factors determining biological diversity, living and past, its functional significance and the implications for conservation strategies and the sustainable use of natural resources.

Environmental risks and hazards - predicting and assessing extreme natural events (such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, land instability, storms and floods) and other potential hazards to the environment (such as the release of genetically modified or non-native organisms) and their implications for human and environmental safety.

Global change - understanding and predicting global change on a range of time and space scales, the impacts of change on the environment and the implications for human health and sustainable development.

Natural resource management - understanding the functioning of earth, land, freshwater, coastal and marine systems. Identification of renewable and non-renewable resource potential, assessment of the impacts of their exploitation and environmentally sustainable management.

Pollution and waste - understanding the factors that influence environmental quality; assessing the implications of pollution and waste in relation to environmental and human health; and contributing to the development of environmentally sustainable waste management and remediation strategies.  

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STFC specific

Classifications totalling 100% are required for the "Type of Activity" section on those schemes to which these sections appear. Percentages should be given in multiples of 5. Please follow the on-screen prompts.

Enter 0 where there is no relevance for 'Space or Groundbased' section.

Please select the panel which is most relevant to your proposal from the list provided in the peer review preferences section. For astronomy consolidated grants only please also provide additional information in the text box provided where your proposal spans more than one science area including which area and the percentage relevance.

Applicants should tick each named facility that they intend to use. If ‘Other’ is selected, please provide details in the free text box.

Public Engagement Schemes

Please provide details of the number of people you hope to reach and break this down by percentage (as a multiple of 20, and totalling 100) against the audience types listed.

Indicate the areas of research that are related to your proposal. You may tick more than one box.

Select the tick box next to each facility which is relevant to your application.

Select the tick box next to each of the activity types that apply to this application.

Please select the option which best describes the way you heard about this scheme.

For Research in Industry please select which panel the application should be peer reviewed by.

For the Futures scheme please select one of the options listed under the Futures Classification section.

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