Topic: Comparison of NSERC Discovery Grant Application Evaluation Systems: New and Old
Time: Sunday, December 5, 5 PM – 6:20 PM
Place: Nelson Room, Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites, 1763 Comox Street, Vancouver, BC
Recall that NSERC introduced a new system for its Discovery Grants in the Feb 2009 competition. Applicants are rated under 3 criteria:
EoR = Excellence of researcher
MoP = Merit of Proposal
HQP = Training of HQP.
There is a 6 point rating scale:
Exceptional (6 points)
Very Strong (4)
The expectation is that most researchers will get ‘S’. An ‘I’ on any criterion is likely to mean the grant is not funded, as does a ‘M’ on EoR. Once these applications have been removed, the 3 scores are added, giving between 18 and 3 points. Each possible total score is called a funding bin, labeled A (i.e., ‘EEE’) to P (‘III’). Everyone in the same bin gets the same grant. (Well… nearly – there are minor perturbations due to ‘cost of research’ and also slightly different rules for first time applicants). Under the new system the panel decides the ratings. The group chairs then recommend a ‘bin to funding map’, but the final decision on this is made by NSERC.
Where do you think I stand on this? Well, I will surely be talking about the 50 ways to “bin” bureaucrats.