• Scientific merit
  • Project innovative character
  • Clinical and medical impact
  • Quality of research environment:

Scientific merit

  • The validity of the rationale / proposed methodology
  • The validity of the expected outcomes
  • The validity of the proposed timelines
  • The feasibility of completing the proposed work within 12 months


  • Innovation in design, methodology and objectives

Clinical / medical impact

  • Contribution of the project results to clinical and scientific understanding

Research environment
Mentor and research environment

  • Mentor's research focus, clinical/scientific expertise and experience
  • Qualification of the applicant
  • Expertise in the academic research environment