Start-Up Research Grants: Evaluation & Selection Criteria

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    Evaluation & Selection Criteria

    1. Applications Distributed to Panels
    2. Panels Select Reviewers
    3. Panels Rank the Applications
    4. Board Determines Grants No.

    Start-up applications go through the same evaluation process as non-start-up applications for BSF Research Grants.  Thus, they are discussed together with the regular applications, and by the same panels.  However, they enjoy the following advantages, which usually result in a higher success rate than regular applications:

    • Preliminary results are not required if the young scientist has not yet established a lab.
    • The ad-hoc reviewers are notified that the application has been submitted to the start-up program by a young scientist.
    • In the final panel deliberations, after the most outstanding applications are granted, the panel often discusses applications with similar evaluation records.  At this time, the panels often give advantage to the start-up applications.

    Please note the following:

    • A prerequisite for a start-up application in order that it be given a grant is that it qualifies as excellent, or at least very good.
    • A young scientist who submits an application to the regular (non-start-up) program will not enjoy these benefits, and the application will be processed as if he or she is a senior scientist, with an established lab.


    After the board approves the grants, an email will be sent to all applicants and research authorities, notifying them that the results are available online.

    About two weeks later, all the reviews and panel summary will be available online for the applicants.

    The BSF staff is prepared to discuss the outcome of the evaluations with the applicants, and when possible, offer relevant background information. However, the BSF has no appeal mechanism.

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