Peer Review

Identifiy the best research and optimise the use of your internal resources

 

Our Peer Review Core principles

When assessing proposals, ESF Science Connect strictly follows core principles to ensure the robustness of the process, in particular:

Excellence – excellence of the proposals is based on an assessment performed by targeted experts. These experts are selected according to clear criteria and they operate using procedures to avoid bias and to manage conflicts of interest.

Impartiality - all proposals submitted are treated equally, they are evaluated on their merits, irrespective of their origin or the identity of the applicants.

Transparency - decisions are based on clearly described rules and procedures that are published prior to the start of the process. Applicants receive adequate feedback on the outcome of the evaluation of their proposal.

Appropriateness for purpose - the evaluation processes are appropriate to the nature of the call and the research area.  The evaluation process is in proportion to the investment and complexity of the work.

Efficiency and speed - the evaluation process is as rapid as possible from start to finish, while maintaining the quality of the evaluation and respecting any legal framework. 

Our Peer Review services include

Designing and implementing scientific assessment of research proposals

With our pool of highly regarded and experienced reviewers (which is continuously enhanced and updated) ESF Science Connect has the capacity to provide scientific peer review support to institutes, establishments or organisations implementing competitive calls.

The nature and scope of our action ranges from the provision of expert reviews for specific competitive calls to full-scale call management.

In particular, ESF Science Connect:

  • Collects research proposals (e.g. projects, fellowships)
  • Identifies and appoints the most relevant experts to assess the scientific merit of submitted  research proposals
  • Sets up disciplinary review panels
  • Hosts and provides the secretariat to these review panels while they reach consensus

Throughout all of these processes, ESF Science Connect ensures that best practices and ethical guidelines are respected, especially in managing conflicts of interest, ensuring confidentiality of information and controlling the quality of the information produced. 

Providing advice and transferring knowledge

As well as implementing scientific assessment operations with third parties, ESF Science Connect also makes its expertise directly available to research funders and research programme management teams by:

  • Advising peer review processes and providing consultancy in the design of peer review processes and systems
  • Checking assessment approaches and operations and providing recommendations on how to make them more robust
  • Seminar-based training in peer review best practices

Benefits of working with ESF-Science Connect

In working with ESF-Science Connect, research funders gain access to world-class expertise in the scientific assessment of research proposals. 

Since 2014, ESF has processed more than 2,700 research proposals across 12 competitive calls implemented by international programmes, philanthropies or national funding organisations. Through these collaborations, our partner organisations benefited from:

  • Optimised, independent and transparent assessment processes and procedures
  • An efficient online Scientific Assessment Platform
  • Access to a wide range of experts
  • Quality-controlled outputs directly transferable to applicants

In addition, our partners also benefited from the ESF’s ability to manage the very high workloads required for proper scientific assessment.

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