News from first evaluation
More than 180 proposals were received before the first closure date
(14 May 2003), representing a very wide range of scientific areas,
and a wide distribution of partnerships across the EU, Associated
Candidate Countries and Associated States. 25 outline STREP proposals,
passing all thresholds, have been retained for the second stage, and
these proposers have been asked to prepare full proposals by 24 September.
3 SSA proposals have been retained for possible funding.
The evaluation Panel made a number of observations on the set of
These provide useful advice to future
applicants on the preparation of proposals:
- NEST proposals should "lie outside or cut across the thematic
priorities", to avoid being classed as out of scope. Several
high quality proposals were rejected because they dealt with topics
that are within the scope of the thematic priorities.
- NEST is not a catch-all for anything that falls outside the
thematic priorities - projects must also satisfy the specific
NEST criteria for INSIGHT or ADVENTURE.
Many proposers are not sufficiently aware of the basic principles
behind ADVENTURE and INSIGHT projects. In particular, there is
a poor understanding of INSIGHT projects, which need to respond
to "new discoveries or newly-observed phenomena" that
pose potential risks.
ADVENTURE and INSIGHT are not interchangeable
categories; a project must be designed carefully for one or the
other, but not both.
Proposals for Support Actions must be directed towards one or
more of the objectives specified in the work programme.
Actions must aim to help the Commission implement the NEST activity.
And, on the positive side:
- Innovations in social sciences and economics are valid for NEST;
proposals are welcome in these areas, as long as they conform
to the project requirements set out in the reference documents.
- Proposals on mathematics are also welcome, but they must address
the development of new techniques, coupled with the development
of knowledge in other scientific and technological spheres, rather
than the achievement of mathematical results alone.
Further important advice:
Please read the reference documents very carefully;
to make a successful proposal it is imperative that you understand
precisely the project requirements. ADVENTURE, INSIGHT and Support
Actions have DIFFERENT requirements
Please submit your proposal ELECTRONICALLY, using the
EPSS - the Electronic Proposal Submission System, available via
You should specify only ONE of the NEST activity codes
for your proposal - either ADVENTURE, INSIGHT or Support Action.
As indicated above, these are NOT interchangeable.