Evaluation Procedure

The full selection process is as follows:




Eligibility check

After the submission deadline, the project management office (PMO) performs an admissibility and eligibility check for all submitted applications and inform the applicants by e-mail of the outcome within two weeks.


At least three external independent expert reviewers are assigned to each application and one of them is appointed as senior expert. The experts will peer review and score all eligible applications according to the evaluation criteria described below. The evaluation of the applicants will be based on the main criteria Excellence (50%), Impact (30%) and Implementation (20%).

The senior expert will summarise the strengths and weaknesses of each of the three main criteria identified by the three experts and the final score into one Evaluation Summary Report (ESR) (300-500 words). The final score will be the basis for the ranking and selection of fellows.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications are assessed against criteria addressing the candidate’s ability and commitment to research, the quality of the proposed research project as well as the synergy between the research proposed and the identified host and co-host, and the impact of the research project on the career development of the candidate.

The Evaluation Panels are asked to score the applications using the following evaluation criteria:

EXCELLENCE Threshold 3.5/5.0;  Weight 0.5
Sub-criterion 1. Scientific and Technological Quality

  • Quality and relevance of proposed research plan
  • Clear and relevant methodology
  • Realistic plans and contingency plans
  • Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary aspects
  • Originality/Innovative nature of the project (in relation to relevant state-of-the-art)

Sub-criterion 2. Applicant Qualifications

  • Research experience and results (patents, publications, teaching and other results)
  • Qualification and background of applicant (incl. non-academic work and career breaks)
  • Collaboration with business partners (if relevant)
  • Independent thinking, creativity, leadership and mentoring abilities
  • Match between applicant and proposal
IMPACT Threshold 3.5/5.0; Weight 0.3
  • Contribution of proposal and applicant to European excellence and competitiveness
  • Potential impact on fellow’s career
  • Appropriateness of dissemination activities
  • Transfer of knowledge in- and outside Europe through conferences, publications, teaching, public outreach activities, and potential for exploitation
IMPLEMENTATION Threshold 3.5/5.0; Weight 0.2
  • Quality and match of proposed project and research group facilities/infrastructure, scientific framework and staff hosting the fellow
  • Overall coherence, effectiveness and appropriateness of the work plan (including milestones and expected results)
Final Score (weighted mean) Threshold 3.5/5.0