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Criteria and Evaluation

Evaluation Criteria

The criteria for the acceptance of a proposal are:

  • scientific excellence;
  • feasibility in terms of theory capabilities (hence, it is strongly recommended that any proposal is discussed with an ETSF scientist before submission);
  • (for commercial projects only) likely impact of the project in the final research result or product.

Evaluation Process: When External Resources are Available

When external sources are available, the evaluation is undertaken by an independent process. An External Evaluation Panel, consisting of independent experts in spectroscopy - experimentalists and theoreticians, from academia and industry - ranks the proposals, according to the evaluation criteria stated above.

To help panel members to understand the implication of the proposals in terms of theory and calculations, the ETSF beamline coordinators send the panel a feasibility report for each of the proposals. The report considers theory capabilities, human and computational resources.

The ETSF Steering Committee allocates resources to as many proposals as possible following the ranking of the External Evaluation Panel, and informs proposers of the outcome of the call.

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Evaluation Process: When Only Local Resources are Available

When only local resources are available, it is not feasible to follow a ranking. Therefore, the evaluation is undertaken internally by the ETSF scientists.

ETSF Research Team Leaders evaluate proposals according to criteria stated above and their team's capabilities. They send an expression of interest to the ETSF call coordinator.

An Internal Panel, consisting of the ETSF call coordinator and interested ETSF scientists, assign accepted projects to one or more ETSF Research Teams within the scope of their local resources, and informs proposers of the outcome of the call.

evaluation process diagram