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Two-Tier Peer Review Process

Grant applications are assessed in two stages, first by external referees (Referee Panel) then by a multidisciplinary panel of experts (Grant Review Board), according to the assessment criteria.

Two-Tier Peer Review Process

1st Review by Referee Panel

  • External referees are chosen for their expertise in specific research areas
  • Initial review of scientific merit and research ethics
  • Rate and give comments on each grant application

2nd Review by Grant Review Board

  • Assess quality of Referee Panel's comments
  • Final review of scientific merit and research ethics
  • Evaluate relevance to scope of fund and thematic priorities, local relevance, translational potential/value, research capcity of the administering institution, track record of applicants and value for money of the proposals
  • Make recommendations on funding to the Research Council