1. Research Project – Ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility
Ground-breaking nature and potential impact of the research project
- To what extent does the proposed research address important challenges?
- To what extent are the objectives ambitious and beyond the state of the art (e.g. novel concepts and approaches or development between or across disciplines)?
- To what extent is the proposed research high risk-high gain (i.e. if successful the payoffs will be very significant, but there is a high risk that the research project does not entirely fulfil its aims)?
- To what extent is the outlined scientific approach feasible bearing in mind the extent that the proposed research is high risk/high gain [based on the Extended Synopsis at Step 1]?
- To what extent are the proposed research methodology and working arrangements appropriate to achieve the goals of the project [to be assessed at Step 2 based on the full Scientific proposal]?
- To what extent does the proposal involve the development of novel methodology [to be assessed at Step 2 based on the full Scientific Proposal]?
- To what extent are the proposed timescales, resources and PI commitment adequate and properly justified [to be assessed at Step 2 based the full Scientific proposal]?
2. Principal Investigator – Intellectual capacity and creativity
- To what extent has the PI demonstrated the ability to conduct ground-breaking research?
- To what extent does the PI provide evidence of creative independent thinking?
- To what extent does the PI have the required scientific expertise and capacity to successfully execute the project?