Review Process and Awards

An Advisory Council of Distinguished Faculty recommended by the President and Vice President for Research will oversee a multi-tiered peer review process used to evaluate proposals for the Presidential Innovation Fund for Research and Scholarship (PIFRS) program.

The Advisory Council of Distinguished Faculty will recommend proposal reviewers from the University at Albany faculty (with the possibility of external reviewers being appointed) for applications submitted to the PIFRS program. Each application will be assigned to and reviewed by two proposal reviewers using a 9-point scoring system. Reviewers will be asked to assign a score from 1 (highest) to 9 (lowest) for each of the evaluation criteria identified for the PIFRS program. Additionally, reviewers will detail the strengths and weaknesses associated with the proposal for each of the five evaluation criteria (see “Evaluation Criteria”).

The Advisory Council will assemble into five Review Panels corresponding to each of the identified research/scholarly focus areas for the PIFRS program. Each Review Panel will be chaired by a Distinguished Professor or Collins Fellow. The Review Panels will meet to discuss applications and proposal reviews, and make panel recommendations to the full Advisory Council of Distinguished Faculty.

The full Advisory Council of Distinguished Faculty will meet to discuss the recommendations advanced by each Review Panel. Recommended awards for winning proposals will be made by the full Advisory Council of Distinguished Faculty following a review and discussion of the discipline-based Review Panels’ recommendations.

Proposal reviewers and members of the Advisory Council of Distinguished Faculty will be required to disclose potential conflicts of interest and recuse themselves accordingly where such conflicts exist.