Evaluation criteria

Evaluation process

You can submit your research proposal to one of the three evaluating panels that cover the following disciplines: 1–Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH), 2–Physical Sciences and Engineering (PE), 3–Life Sciences (LS).

First, proposals go through a formal evaluation. Next, each is assessed by five researchers first individually and then jointly. The proposals recommended for funding must go through the ethics screening. All research activities flagged with potential ethical issues will require an ethics self-assessment. They will begin only upon receiving a favorable ethics opinion.

Evaluation criteria

Both the PASIFIC candidate’s CV and the research project will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

💡 The scientific excellence of the research project and the researcher

The PASIFIC Programme aims to promote innovative and bold ideas. Thus, the proposed research projects should tackle a clearly defined, engaging, and timely research problem. To prove their excellence, researchers should demonstrate an outstanding record of research achievements, including publications in leading journals, reviewed monographs, and presentations at international conferences. Experience in conducting research projects will also be an asset. For this criterion, each project can receive up to 50 points.

🚀 Impact on the respective field of study, researchers career and host institute

The PASIFIC candidate should demonstrate how their project will change the respective discipline, to what extent the results of their project will be relevant to other fields of research as well as whether their idea has ground-breaking potential. Also, they should discuss the impact of the project on their careers and the host institutes. For this criterion, each project can receive up to 35 points.

📝 Feasibility of the project and adequate choice of supervisor

The candidate should prove that even though their project is bold and innovative, it is also feasible. Hence, they should demonstrate that the scope of their project is realizable within the timeframes and resources offered by the PASIFIC fellowship. Another important aspect is the role of the supervisor. For this reason, their CV will also be evaluated. For this criterion, each project can receive up to 15 points.


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