Every application undergoes a rigorous review process to ensure we fund bold science addressing big challenges.
Our review process includes evaluations by Peer Reviewers and our Advisory Councils.
Independent Peer Reviewers, scientific experts in their fields, assess applications using select criteria that may include:
Advisory Councils are comprised of individuals with significant industry or scientific expertise in each of our Challenge Areas. Advisory Councils consider applications based on criteria that may include:
Our scientific program directors compile results from both the External Peer Reviews and Advisory Council Reviews and present recommendations to the executive director. The executive director reviews the recommendations and determines final project approval.
Some funding opportunities require a pre-proposal or other high-level outline of a proposed project before applicants are invited to submit full proposals.
Pre-proposal applications undergo an internal review process to ensure the proposed project is relevant to the RFA and advances our mission.
We then invite applications recommended by the internal review process to submit a full proposal application.
We generally notify applicants if they are invited to submit a full proposal within approximately three weeks of the pre-proposal submission deadline. Only applicants who submitted a pre-proposal and are invited to submit a full proposal application will advance in the application process.
Peer Reviewers, the relevant Advisory Council and the executive director evaluate full proposals.
We typically evaluate project proposals based on several categories of weighted criteria. Below is a list of sample review criteria.
We may also weigh applications against secondary criteria, including the following:
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