Evaluation Criteria

Proposals for funding will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

Scoring Criteria

  • Significant Scientific, Scholarly or Artistic Creation Merit (30%)
    Evidence of innovative, transformative, interdisciplinary research, scholarship and/or creative works; intellectual merit in the discipline/field; and significance to the goals of the program.
  • High Potential For Extramural Funding (30%)
    Ability to attract future federal, state, international and/or private funding (defining an extramural funding pathway is required). 
  • Broader Impact (15%)
    Address how the proposed research or scholarship will have a broader societal impact or benefit.
  • Record of Achievement (15%)
    Strength of the record of achievement of the principal investigator and research team members.
  • On-Time Project Deliverables (10%)
    The likelihood of success of the principal investigator and research team in accomplishing all of the stated research objectives on time and within the requested resources proposed.

NOTE – Applicants who previously received a PIFRS award will be required to provide an updated Progress Report on activity resulting from the grant including a) how the grant money was used to advance their project; b) how many “products” (i.e., publications, conference presentations, creative works, IP activities) were generated, c) how many extramural funding proposals were submitted, and d) how many awards were received. These progress reports will be considered during the 2016-17 PIFRS evaluation process should Year 1 PIFRS grantees apply.

Preferred Criteria - But Not Required

  • Other Sources of Funds (internal or external) contributing to the project are preferred, but not required. While not required, the review process will consider Other Sources of Funding from internal or external stakeholders in evaluating the overall proposal. See “Budget and Budget Justification” guidance under the “Online Application Guidance and Requirements” section for more information.
  • Identifying a specific, future federal funding opportunity is preferred. While applicants are required to provide a detailed pathway for future extramural funding from a government, industry, private, and/or not-for-profit sponsor, federal sponsored funding opportunities are preferred.