Funded PhD in biomedical research into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/18/01285
Date received: 2 May 2018
Date responded: 8 May 2018

Information requested

1. "Reviewers are asked to score and provide comments against set criteria and are not renumerated for their participation. We identify potential reviewers based on their publication record in the area in question…"

Given the above statement, can you please provide the publication record of the identified potential reviewers in this particular case; I would only be looking for the titles of the publications.

2. I note your comments regarding the second question on the Primary Academic Lead in the research project. I have rephrased as follows:

The supplemental information in your attached response includes the following:

"Provide a list of up to five recent publications from the Primary Academic Lead and/or members of the Academic Team that illustrate the strength of research in this area."

This looks to be the criteria used to assess the suitability of the Primary Academic Lead and the wider team. Are these "up to five recent publications" required to be focused on biomedical ME?

If so, what criteria is being used to assess whether they meet that requirement?


1. While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested. The reasons why we don't have the information are explained in the Annex 01285 to this letter.

2. The answer to your question is that the criteria for responding to the application question you have highlighted is detailed in the "Chief Scientist Office / Action for M.E. funded Ph.D. in biomedical research into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis" application template. As this template was provided to you on 24 April 2018 under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you. We can further clarify that it would be for the applicant to decide what publication examples to provide.

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