Advice-, selection- and evaluation criteria

ADVICE

The Jury only has two options:

  • either to vote for the nomination of the university;
  • or to indicate with a motivated opinion why the candidate does not conform to the criteria.

The Jury cannot transfer candidates from group I to group II. The Jury can propose budgetary changes in the funding.

The candidate can be invited for an interview.

The file consists of a form and a nomination in English by the host institution.

Attachments include:

  • the commitment of the university required by the stipulations laid down in the addendum concerned in the Fund’s management contract;
  • the description of the selection procedure at the university, expert reports, etc.

Criteria of Scientific Quality

Applicant Group I

  • Prominence in the respective field of research;
  • Scientific background and track record;
  • Quality of publications;
  • Abilities as an independent researcher;
  • Research team leadership and project management;
  • Extent and quality of International research collaboration.

Applicant group II

  • Prominence potential in the respective field of research;
  • Scientific background and track record;
  • Quality of publications;
  • Abilities as an independent researcher;
  • Potential for research team leadership and project management;
  • Extent and quality of International research collaboration.

Research proposal

  • The potential of the proposed project to have a multiplication effect and to improve the competitiveness of Flanders (European) research at world level;
  • Originality and groundbreaking character;
  • International context of the field of research;
  • Feasibility;
  • Appropriateness of the chosen methods;

Research unit within the host research institution

  • Capability of hosting the applicant and the proposed research.

SELECTION

To ensure that the programme is adequately advertised, the FWO publishes the call to applicants aimed at the universities that are responsible for nominating candidates to the FWO and refers possible candidates to the universities.

Every university sets up a procedure for the selection of the candidates that they wish to nominate to the FWO. The universities also take care of the necessary advertising of the initiative.

After the intra-university selection the universities nominate candidates to the FWO and send the FWO the necessary details for evaluating the candidates. The nomination is submitted in English.

The universities nominate candidates together with a limited reserve list.

The maximum number of nominations that the universities can submit to the FWO should not exceed 150% of their share in the 80% share of the allowance plus 100% of the 20% share.

Experts are proposed by the permanent Jury members. For each file the maximum number of experts necessary to try and get at least three evaluations is obtained.

EVALUATION

The FWO is responsible for the selection of an international multidisciplinary jury, which is supplemented with experts from each discipline, who have a specific expertise in relation to the submitted files. The Jury, which handles group I and II, consists of 7 members. The jury members are eminent scientists who have been appointed for a period of three years, with possibility of renewal. The composition of the jury is approved by the FWO Board.

For each proposal, at least two and in practice three international external referees will provide the FWO with their advice.

The investment of the Flemish Government amounts to 12.600.000 EUR per year.

Contacts

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