The selection process will follow open, transparent and merit-based procedures in order to ensure that the applications are evaluated in a competent and impartial manner. The process will be comprised of six stages, including an international peer review and an interview stage. Details on the selection process stages can be found here.
Evaluation criteria and scoring system
Three standard evaluation criteria will be used: Excellence, Impact and Implementation. Such criteria will be employed both during the international peer review and during the interview stages. The evaluation criteria, along with their respective sub-criteria, and the standard scoring system are outlined below.
Criterion 1: Excellence
- Sub-criterion 1a:
Quality, innovative aspects and
credibility of the research (including
- Sub-criterion 1b:
Clarity and quality of transfer of knowledge/training for the
development of the researcher in
light of the research objectives and
- Sub-criterion 1c:
Quality of the supervision and hosting
(including intersectoral arrangements)
- Sub-criterion 1d:
Capacity of the researcher to reach or
reinforce a position of professional
maturity in research
Criterion 2: Impact
- Sub-criterion 2a:
Enhancing research – and
innovation – related human
resources, skills, and working
conditions to realise the potential
of individuals and to provide new
- Sub-criterion 2b:
Effectiveness of the proposed
measures for communication and
Criterion 3: Implementation
- Sub-criterion 3a:
Overall coherence and effectiveness
of the work plan, including
appropriateness of the allocation of
tasks and resources.
- Sub-criterion 3b:
Appropriateness of the
management structures and
procedures, including quality
management and risk management.
- Sub-criterion 3c:
Appropriateness of the institutional
A score between 0 (very poor) and 5 (excellent) will be provided for each of the three evaluation criterion (i.e. excellence, impact and implementation) as a whole. Please note that the sub-criteria are only in place to assist reviewers/interviewers in determining the score for each evaluation criterion – reviewers/interviewers will not be required to provide scores to the sub-criteria.
Eligible applications will be first scored during the international peer review stage. Applications that proceed to the interview stage will receive a second score for such stage. For both the international peer review and interview stages, a score between 0 (Very Poor) and 5 (Excellent) will be provided for each criterion:
Score 0 (Very Poor) – The proposal fails to address the criterion or cannot be assessed owing to missing or incomplete information.
1 (Poor) – The criterion is inadequately addressed, or there are serious inherent weaknesses.
2 (Fair) – The proposal broadly addresses the criterion, but there are significant weaknesses.
3 (Good) – The proposal addresses the criterion well, but a number of shortcomings are present.
4 (Very Good) – The proposal addresses the criterion well, but a small number of shortcomings are present.
5 (Excellent) – The proposal successfully addresses all relevant aspects of the criterion. Any shortcomings are minor.
Weighting and priority ranking:
The evaluation criteria are weighted differently and the set of weightings shown below will be applied to the scores provided for each of the criterion.
The priority outlined below will be used to rank applications that achieve exactly the same score.
Criterion 1: EXCELLENCE
- Weighting: 50%
- Priority: 1
Criterion 2: IMPACT
- Weighting: 30%
- Priority: 2
Criterion 3: IMPLEMENTATION
- Weighting: 20%
- Priority: 3
Final weighted scores after the international peer review and interview stages:
For each application, at the end of the international peer review and interview stages, the weighted scores for each criterion will be added producing a final weighted score for each stage. After each of these stages, the maximum final score for a given application will be 5 (excellent).
- There will be no thresholds per individual evaluation criterion. However, an overall threshold of 70% is applicable to the final weighted scores produced at the end of the international peer review and interview stages.
- Only applications, with an international peer review final weighted score equal to or higher than 3.5, will proceed to the interview stage.
- At the end of the interview stage, the final weighted score from the international peer review and interview stages will be added – with equal weighting – producing a combined final weighted score (i.e. this will be the final mark for that application).
- The maximum combined final weighted score for a given application will be of 10.
- Only applications with a combined final weighted score equal to or higher than 7.0 will be considered for funding. This will apply regardless of the number of applications received.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 754489.