Phase 1 – International Peer Review
To ensure that only the highest quality research is funded, all eligible applications are subjected to independent, international peer review. A minimum of three experts, each with a significant international reputation in a suitable field of research, are invited by the NCRC to review each application. The assessment process is anonymous and confidential. In addition, reviewers are asked to declare any potential conflicts of interests prior to assessing an application.
Phase 2 – The Scientific Advisory Committee
The second stage of the review process is an assessment of the highest ranked internationally peer reviewed applications by the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC). This committee provides an expert, constructive, and objective critique of the applications under consideration. Applications are judged based on defined criteria, including:
- compliance with NCRC priorities, and alignment with the NCRC strategy;
- whether the application meets the full requirements and objectives of the funding call;
- the applicant(s) track record from previous grants;
- value for money.
Following SAC review, the projects are ranked, with the highest-ranking projects recommended for funding to the NCRC and CMRF Boards. The most significant contribution to this ranking is the external peer reviewer’s score.