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Integrating and Strengthening the European Research Area, FP6 NEST, Independent Observers' Report, Evaluation period: from 5 April 2005 to 12 May 2005

Funded under: FP6-NEST

Abstract

Observing the 2nd stage FULL STREP proposals evaluation for NEST, 2nd closure date: MARCH 16, 2005, Call identifier: FP6-2003-NEST-B-3
We observed the evaluation of the second stage of full STREP proposals (ADVENTURE projects and INSIGHT projects) arising from the 15 September 2004 closure date of the call FP6-2003_NEST-B-3. These full proposals were submitted for a deadline of 16 March 2005, following the evaluation of the outline proposals. The same independent observers followed the previous evaluation of the outline proposals as well. We continue to have a very positive view of this evaluation process, on the basis of the materials provided to us, and our observation of the second panel meeting in Brussels, 11-12 May 2005. As before, the process was effectively organised, fair and equitable, and consistent with the published rules of European Commission evaluations. We are fully convinced of the value of the two-stage process of outlines followed by full proposals, as well as the combination of remote peer review and a panel meeting in Brussels. Having observed both stages, we are clear that this process is particularly valuable for an innovative, broad based multi-disciplinary programme like NEST, and may have wider applicability as well. As in the first phase, we also recommend a small number of future operational improvements.
We took the same approach to our task as in the outline phase. We talked with the relevant staff in DG Research and again they were always helpful. They provided all the information we requested. We read through this material, and then attended the two day evaluation meeting in Brussels. This time we did not feel necessary to poll the evaluators by a written questionnaire, because no new questions emerged from our side. We had free access to all the meetings, and the opportunity also to talk with panel members and NEST staff.

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Record Number: 7079 / Last updated on: 2005-10-11
Category: MISC
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