Assessment criteria

You may be assessed against any of these criteria at any stage but there will be more of an emphasis on the Research Quality at the prioritisation panel and the individual Applicant at the interview panel. Please ensure that your application addresses each of the assessment criteria.

Assessment Criteria Postdoctoral Early Career Established Career
Research Quality

Your research should demonstrate a high degree of novelty in the proposed research in comparison to the broader research context of the area internationally.

You should be able to articulate a strong vision for the research proposed in the application and possess the ability to deliver it.

The research you propose should have a high degree of novelty in comparison to the broader research context of the area internationally. Research ideas should be high quality and truly innovative.

You should have a track record of outstanding research and in delivering impact; and will need to show that you possess the ability to deliver the proposed research.

You should articulate a strong vision for the research proposed and how you will build the team around you to deliver it.

You should be able to demonstrate some evidence of recognition within the research community on an international stage.

The research you propose should have a high degree of novelty in comparison to the broader research context of the area internationally. Research ideas should be high quality and truly innovative.

You should have a track record of outstanding research and in delivering impact; and will need to show that you possess the ability to deliver the proposed research.

You should articulate a strong vision for the research proposed and the team delivering it in the application.

You must be able to demonstrate evidence of recognition and influence in the community on an international scale.

The applicant

You should be able to demonstrate a vision of the contribution that will be made to the research area and an independence of research ideas.

You must show an awareness of research in other fields or across technology readiness levels, and an aspiration to work across boundaries and/or to conduct high risk research.

You can show evidence of an aptitude and potential to lead, inspire and influence for example, through mentoring or self organisation of peers. You should show how you have developed of a network of relevant independent contacts.

You must demonstrate excellent communications and interpersonal skills and show that you aspire to develop these across a broad audience.

Evidence of leadership. This is both in terms of leading and maximising the potential of a research team and also demonstrating potential to lead within the broader community, and setting research agendas.

You should exhibit an ability to work broadly and across different interfaces, identifying and positioning yourself to take advantage of opportunities.

You can show potential to act as an ambassador and advocate for research and an ability to influence.

You must demonstrate excellent communications and interpersonal skills.

You must show evidence of leadership within the research community, pushing the boundaries of research.

You must show how you work across interfaces and an aptitude for identifying and engaging in new and different research opportunities that may not be recognised by others.

You can show evidence of acting as an ambassador and advocate for research and an ability to influence beyond your immediate research area.

The ability to inspire and lead both your own team and more broadly.

You must demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Importance

Evidence of how the proposed research:

  • contributes to, or helps maintain the health of other research disciplines,
  • contributes to addressing key UK societal challenges,
  • contributes to current or future UK economic success and/or enables future development of key emerging industry(s).

Meets national strategic needs by establishing or maintaining a unique world leading research activity (including areas of niche capability).

Fits with and complements other UK research already funded in the area or related areas, including the relationship to the EPSRC portfolio and our Research Area strategies and EPSRC's Delivery Plan.

Evidence of how the proposed research:

  • contributes to, or helps maintain the health of other research disciplines,
  • contributes to addressing key UK societal challenges,
  • contributes to current or future UK economic success and/or enables future development of key emerging industry(s).

Meets national strategic needs by establishing or maintaining a unique world leading research activity (including areas of niche capability).

Fits with and complements other UK research already funded in the area or related areas, including the relationship to the EPSRC portfolio and our Research Area strategies and EPSRC's Delivery Plan.

Evidence of how the proposed research:

  • contributes to, or helps maintain the health of other research disciplines,
  • contributes to addressing key UK societal challenges,
  • contributes to current or future UK economic success and/or enables future development of key emerging industry(s).

Meets national strategic needs by establishing or maintaining a unique world leading research activity (including areas of niche capability).

Fits with and complements other UK research already funded in the area or related areas, including the relationship to the EPSRC portfolio and our Research Area strategies and EPSRC's Delivery Plan.

Research Environment

You must be able to articulate a strong vision for your role in the team and how it will deliver the research proposed in the application.

What was the justification for your choice of host organisation? They must be able to demonstrate an appropriate level of support and commitment to your career as evidenced through the Host Organisation Statement.

You should be able to demonstrate a strong vision for how your team will deliver the research proposed in the application, and how you will develop a team in the first place.

What was the justification for your choice of host organisation? They must be able to demonstrate an appropriate level of support and commitment to your career as evidenced through the Host Organisation Statement.

You must be able to demonstrate a strong vision for how your team will deliver the research proposed in the application, including developing cross-institutional collaboration where appropriate.

Your host organisation must be able to demonstrate an appropriate level of support and commitment to your career as evidenced through the Host Organisation Statement.

Impact

Who may benefit from the proposed research, how they may benefit and what will be done to ensure they have the opportunity to benefit.

What pathways to impact activities will be undertaken?

Evidence of how you will use your experience and networks to ensure the above two points?

Who may benefit from the proposed research, how they may benefit and what will be done to ensure they have the opportunity to benefit.

What pathways to impact activities will be undertaken?

Evidence of how you will use your experience and networks to ensure the above two points?

Who may benefit from the proposed research, how they may benefit and what will be done to ensure they have the opportunity to benefit.

What pathways to impact activities will be undertaken?

Evidence of how you will use your experience and networks to ensure the above two points?

Resources and Management

You must be able to justify the planning and project management of the proposed research programme, including the management of any staff requested.

You must be able to demonstrate that the resources requested in this application are justified and appropriate for delivering the proposed research.

You should identify the main risks and put contingencies in place.

You must be able to justify the planning and project management of the proposed research programme, including the management of any staff requested.

You must be able to demonstrate that the resources requested in this application are justified and appropriate for delivering the proposed research.

You should identify the main risks and put contingencies in place.

You must be able to justify the planning and project management of the proposed research programme, including the management of any staff requested.

You must be able to demonstrate that the resources requested in this application are justified and appropriate for delivering the proposed research.

You should identify the main risks and put contingencies in place.

Fit to Strategic Priorities

Evidence that the proposed research is aligned to EPSRC strategic priorities - including the relevant fellowship priority area - as defined by individual Capability and Challenge Themes - please refer to Theme plans

Evidence that the proposed research is aligned to EPSRC strategic priorities - including the relevant fellowship priority area- as defined by individual Capability and Challenge Themes - please refer to Theme plans

Evidence that the proposed research is aligned to EPSRC strategic priorities - including the relevant fellowship priority area - as defined by individual Capability and Challenge Themes - please refer to Theme plans