Research Quality Assessment & Grant Evaluation

We support research funders, programmes and universities to identify the best research projects and applications


How we support our Partners

Our grant evaluation support is tailored to each partner’s needs and can involve:

  • Providing two or more expert evaluation reports for each research project or application to be assessed to support the Partner’s selection process.
  • Setting up disciplinary international review panels who collectively assess projects and applications and delivers a ranked list. 
  • Full-scale support involving support with the call text and selection criteria definition, proposal collection, and full selection process tailored to the funding programme’s objectives.  

The ESF-SC Community of Experts  plays a vital role in sustaining scientific collaboration and supporting excellence in grant and programmatic evaluation. 

Our international netwok of Experts include:

  • Over 40,000 Experts across all scientific disciplines
  • Over 83 countries of affiliation represented

We ensure that best practices and ethical guidelines are respected, especially in managing conflicts of interest, following the recommendations of the  European Peer Review Guide (Integrating Policies and Practices into Coherent Procedures) published by ESF in 2011.

Our Evaluation Core principles

  • Excellence Excellence of the proposals is based on an assessment performed by targeted experts. 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 sole 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. 

Partners' Testimonials