SNSF new evaluation process
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.
Check out the other changes at https://www.snf.ch/en/Ns8kN6xZPsh1eL4R/news/evaluation-enhanced-and-standardised
The SNSF is applying the standardised procedure with immediate effect.