Assessment of KID-applications

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In 2018, applications for KID funding will involve a two-step process, with applications initially submitted in a simplified version known as a pre-application (“skissansökan”). Those applicants whose pre-applications are approved will then be invited to submit a complete application. Both the pre-application and the complete application will be assessed. The review criteria for the pre-application and the complete application differ somewhat. Suitability as a doctoral project, supervision and scientific quality will be assessed at both stages, while during the second stage (the complete application) areas such as the doctoral student’s study plan and the feasibility of the project will be assessed.

Please note that review panels are composed of researchers with expertise in a variety of fields. It is therefore vital that your application is written in a manner that allows assessment by a researcher outside their specific field.

Review criteria for KID applications

All applications shall be judged on equal terms. No application may receive special treatment as a result of the applicant's gender, age, origin or other irrelevant aspects. A detailed description of what is included in in the assessment of pre-applications and complete applications respectively is given below:

Review criteria for pre-applications

A. Suitability as a doctoral education project

  • Is the project realistic with respect to time, workload and the expectations to be placed on a single doctoral student?
  • Does the application clearly describe the role of the doctoral student and the different tasks they will undertake?
  • Is the research environment suitable for doctoral education projects? Are there opportunities for sharing knowledge and for interacting with other doctoral students and other researchers?
  • Are the subprojects well integrated with the overall goal of the project?

B. Quality of supervision

  • Are the supervisors able to clearly describe and motivate how they intend to organise the supervision of the suggested project?
  • Is the planned supervision suitable for the doctoral education project?
    A) Is it well planned in terms of the goals of the project?
    B) Do the supervisors have the necessary competences?
    C) Do the supervisors’ different types of expertise complement each other in a way that benefits the project?

C. Scientific quality

  • Does the project involve new ideas, therapies or interpretations?
  • If the project aims are achieved, would it enrich the knowledge in the particular research field and our knowledge of health, disease and healthcare?
  • Does the overall design of the project, its research questions and hypothesis meet the standard of high scientific quality?

Review criteria for complete applications

A. Suitability as a doctoral education project

  • Is the project realistic with respect to time, workload and the expectations to be placed on a single doctoral student?
  • Does the application clearly describe the role of the doctoral student and the different tasks they will undertake?
  • Is the research environment suitable for doctoral education projects? Are there opportunities for sharing knowledge and for interacting with other doctoral students and other researchers?
  • Are the subprojects well integrated with the overall goal of the project?
  • Are there opportunities for international sharing of knowledge and interaction (exchange/contacts)?
  • Are there alternative approaches to achieving the stated objectives, if the chosen approach does not prove successful?

B. Quality of supervision and outcomes for doctoral education

  • Are the supervisors able to clearly describe and justify how they intend to organise the supervision in the suggested project?
  • Is the planned supervision suitable for the doctoral education project?
    A) Is it well planned in terms of the goals of the project?
    B) Do the supervisors have the necessary competences and merits?
    C) Do the supervisors’ different types of expertise complement each other in a way that benefits the project?
  • Are the outcomes for doctoral education clearly described?
  • Is it clearly described how the outcomes will be achieved?

C. Scientific quality

  • Does the project involve new ideas, therapies or interpretations?
  • If the project aims are achieved, would it enrich the knowledge in the particular research field and our knowledge of health, disease and healthcare?
  • Does the overall design of the project, its research questions and hypothesis meet the standard of high scientific quality?
  • Is the project challenging of reigning opinions or praxis?
  • Does the project seek to resolve important obstacles for continued progress within the research area?

D. Project feasibility

  • Are the total financial resources for the doctoral project realistic in relation to the scope of the project?
  • Are the available spaces, equipment and time sufficient to permit implementation of the project?
  • Is there sufficient methodological know-how to implement the project in the manner described?
  • Are materials, patients/participants/models and methods well-chosen and adjusted for the hypothesis or problem area in question?
  • Is the project ethically defendable?
  • Is the timetable adequate?

Review process

All KID applications are assessed by active KI researchers. Pre-applications are randomly allocated among a number of review panels. Possible conflicts of interest are considered when assembling the panels.

Review of pre-applications

All researchers on the review panel assess the pre-applications allotted to the panel based on the above stated review criteria as established by the Board of Doctoral Education. The assessors give a “priority” to each application as follows: 0 = Not accepted; 1 = To be discussed; 2 = Accepted. A meeting of each review panel is then held to discuss and select the applications that are to be approved and therefore go forward to the next stage, the submission of a complete application. No written statements are issued after this assessment. All applicants are notified via KI Prisma in mid-June as to whether they have gone forward in the process.

Review of complete applications

Complete applications are allocated to the review panels and all researchers on the respective panels assess each application allocated to their panel based on the above stated review criteria as established by the Board of Doctoral Education. The assessors give a “priority” to each application as follows: 0 = Not accepted; 1 = To be discussed; 2 = Accepted. A meeting within each review panel is then held to prepare a joint proposal as to which applications the panel believes should be granted funding. These proposals are compiled into a draft proposal based on the reviewers’ written recommendations and discussions at the meetings.

Before a decision on funding is made by the Board of Doctoral Education, the chair and one other representative from each review panel meet to prepare a final proposal for the allocation of the 60 standard KID grants and the two KID grants weighted to applicants with projects within KI’s joint doctoral education programmes with the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. The purpose of the meeting of panel chairpersons is to allow a discussion and comparison of the levels of quality between review panels.

Decision on allocation

The decision on the allocation of KID funding is made by the Board of Doctoral Education based on the assessors’ ranking and quality-assurance of the applications. The preliminary plan is for a decision to be reached at the Board’s meeting in November 2018.

Contact

 

Paulina Mihailova

Telefon: 08-524 863 60

E-post: kidfunding@ki.se

Links

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