Evaluation Procedure of the Sciex Proposals

After the formal check, each eligible proposal goes through an evaluation procedure which consists of two different steps:

  1. the Scoring by the Home Country (except Estonia, Poland and Romania) and by the Host Institution which is the indicator of the interest in the project and in the collaboration of the institutions, focussing beside the scientific quality of the project, on soft skills of the project team;
  2. the Evaluation Committee which is exclusively dedicated to the evaluation of the general scientific quality of the proposals - taking into account the results of the scoring and revising them if necessary. The evaluation criteria are:
  • High professional commitment of the team members;
  • Cross-linked, team-minded characters;
  • Ideal scientific correlations, scientific quality with respect to international state of the art;
  • Intense support by the Host and Home Institution.

At this stage, each proposal is evaluated by 3 experts of the Evaluation Committee (from the field of the proposal) and ranked according to the following graduation: A=excellent; B=good; C=satisfactory; D= poor; E= not acceptable.
Afterwards the experts meet one whole day to discuss and exchange their evaluation on the different proposals and to fix the final ranking A, B, C, D, E. The experts are also in charge of formulating the scientific arguments for the refusal of a proposal.

The final decision is taken by the Steering Committee which considers the results of the scoring, the recommendations of the Evaluation Committee (eligibility, quality and competitiveness) and the budget available.
By order of priority, the Steering Committee first considers the recommendations of the Evaluation Committee (ranking) and second, if there are still funds available, the scoring.
The Steering Committee chooses explicitly to take the revised scoring given by the Evaluation Committee as second factor in order to emphasize the weight of the scientific evaluation in the global evaluation procedure.

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