SNSF new evaluation process

© Photo by Austris Augusts on Unsplash

© Photo by Austris Augusts on Unsplash

The SNSF is applying a new standardised procedure across its funding schemes with immediate effect.

On April 14, 2022 the SNSF announced the introduction of a uniquestandardised evaluation process across its funding schemes, with only a few exceptions.

The aim: make the selection process even fairer and more efficient.

The most important changes:

  • Each application will be rated by every member of the evaluation panel on a scale from 1 to 9. A grade of 1 means that an application has few or no merits and many serious weaknesses. Projects graded with a 9, on the other hand, are outstanding in all respects. This allows to use a Bayesian ranking method that takes account of random fluctuations and other uncertainties to establish a ranked list of proposal.
  • If the referees and the external reviewers identify "a number of weaknesses" in the application, the evaluation panel may decide to reject it without discussing it in detail.
  • The SNSF now makes a clear distinction between scientific evaluation and funding decision. Based on the ranking of proposals and the available funding, the National Research Council determines the “funding line”. Proposals with a score above the line will receive funding.

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The SNSF is applying the standardised procedure with immediate effect.