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Evaluation of Research Proposals

Research Funding and Exploitation Course, University of Helsinki
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Minna Huotilainen

on 28 October 2014

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Transcript of Evaluation of Research Proposals

Evaluation of Research Proposals
"Way too many applications....
Way too little time..."
Research Funding and Exploitation Course
for Doctoral Candidates and Post-Docs
Research Professor
Minna Huotilainen
University of Helsinki and
Finnish Institute of Occupational Health

Topics of this talk

General principles of proposal evaluation

Evaluation of the quality of the proposal
Evaluation of the CV(s) of the applicant(s)
Evaluation of other merits of the proposal
In topic calls: How well does it fit to the topic?
In programs: Uniqueness and completion
In applied calls: The application prospects

Step yourself in the shoes of the evaluator!
How the quality of a proposal is evaluated
Novelty of the idea
Interestingness of the idea
How well the idea is
based on previous work
Feasibility
Specifics to the call
How the CV(s) of the applicant(s) is evaluated
Expected career stage
Number & quality of publications
1st author, 2nd author, last author
papers without supervisor
Types & amounts of funding achieved
Supervised theses
Usually not part of the evaluation:
teaching experience
life outside science
Dissemination of research
h-index reflecting "quality" of papers
Evaluation of other merits of the proposal




In topic calls: How well does it fit to the topic?




In programs: Uniqueness and completion




In applied calls: The application prospects
Read the presentation of the topic, but also previously funded projects
How well does your group / your proposal differ from the others in the program
What can you bring that others can't
Be careful with your wild ideas
Talk with those who could apply your results
Include companies or applied research institutes (Metla, TTL, THL, Ilmatieteen laitos...)
Note the temporal aspects of the applied call
OMG, interview!!
Be yourself, no matter what they say...
Admit problems
Avoid being arrogant
:,: Practise :,:
Find out about the panel
Give something to everybody:
expert vs professor from another field
Step yourself in the shoes of the reviewer
"Just take the assessment form and try to find all information that is needed to fill the form": use
bold
, boxes, visuals
"I need to speak for this application in front of my fellow panel members. What is in it that I can explain?": solve a problem
Short and meaningful abbreviation!
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