Review Process

2018/09/11

Access to qualified expertise is essential for the quality and the credibility of decisions.

Applications for Programmes, Projects and Infrastructure for Research are reviewed in two stages.

Programmes

Initially, Programme applications are reviewed by a special review panels consisting of non-Swedish members only. The head of research whose applications do not proceed to the second round will receive a notification via e-mail. However, no written statements about the application are given.

Applications selected for the second stage are examined by external reviewers in the specific field who have been recruited worldwide, after which the review panel conducts a hearing with the relevant research groups.

Once the board has made a decision, the external reviewer's opinions and the decision are sent to the applicants. The granted programmes are published on rj.se.

Projects and Infrastructure for Research

Applications for Projects and Infrastructure for Research are dealt with in the initial stage by one or more of RJ's review panels. The review panels consist of some board members and a number of Swedish and international researchers.

The crucial criteria for RJ's decisions are the academic quality of the research content, the feasibility of the project and the researcher's potential contribution to international research. This can involve the clarity of the research question, its relevance, innovativeness, originality, the project's basis in theory, its theoretical rigor and its feasibility.

The project managers whose applications do not proceed to the second round will receive a notification via e-mail. However, no written statements about the application are given.

Each applicant approved for the second review submits a longer, more detailed application, which is then assessed by at least two external reviewers, often from other countries. The external reviewers are responsible for assessing the project's method and theory, its international standard and relation to previous research as well as evaluating the new knowledge that the project is expected to generate. They should also comment on the feasibility of the project plan and the applicant's research competence.

Ahead of decisions on infrastructural projects, a hearing with the applicants is held when necessary. Two positive external reviewers' opinions are not a guarantee of funding. The process is highly competitive.

Once the board has made a decision, the external reviewer's opinions and the decision are sent to the applicants. The successful projects will be published simultaneously at rj.se.

Targeted Initiatives

For targeted initiatives, special assessment panels are appointed with members who have expertise in the relevant field. See the requirements for each funding call.