RSF: Rating scale and review criteria for relevance of the application

6

extremely   significant

research of crucial   relevance to users, i.e., such novelty or timeliness and promise that an   extremely significant contribution to policy or practice is likely;   demonstrates exceptional novelty and innovation to address a solution to an   important problem or a critical barrier

5

very significant

research of very   high relevance to users, i.e., such novelty or timeliness and promise that a   very significant contribution to policy or practice is likely; high potential   to address a solution to an important problem or a critical barrier

4

significant

research of high   relevance to users, i.e., such novelty or timeliness and promise that a   significant contribution to policy or practice is likely

3

moderate

research of   relevance to users, i.e. such novelty or timeliness and promise that a   moderate contribution to policy or practice is likely

2

limited

research that will   add to understanding but that might not be of sufficient relevance or urgency   to influence policy or practice

1

poor

research is not   considered relevant; proposal is in need of substantial modification or   improvement

 

1 Project’s relevance to the programme

 

Societal relevance of the project and match with the programme

 

Guiding questions:

How does the project contribute to achieving the   objectives of the programme? Are the objectives and/or the implementation of the research societally   important?

 
 

2 Project’s interaction with society

 

Reaching stakeholders and networks, obtaining support to decision-making

 

Guiding questions:

Is the implementation of research activities and   results good and efficient? Are the effects and scope of the intended   interaction relevant and realistic from a societal perspective? Are   co-creation, co-design or participative methods used well in the different   phases of the project?

 
 

3 Competence and expertise

 

Competence and expertise of the consortium, including external   collaboration

Guiding questions:

What are the merits and expertise of the consortium   (incl. multidisciplinary expertise and external collaboration) in conducting   socially relevant research that enables impact on society? Is the management   and coordination of the consortium appropriate and high-quality? Does the   consortium have appropriate competence to implement the interaction plans?

 

4 Overall assessment

 

List of main strengths and weaknesses of the project; additional comments   and recommendations

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