Review criteria

Competitive proposals will involve individual or multiple Illinois faculty in a well-defined activity that requires close collaboration with NCSA application and technical staff and possible use of NCSA computational resources or facilities. Prior to submitting proposals, applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss potential collaborations in detail and maintain an active, close collaboration with the appropriate NCSA staff for the duration of the fellowship. Project activities are highly recommended to take place in the NCSA building where they will contribute to a collaborative, interdisciplinary research environment.

  • Significance
    • Does the project address an important problem or a critical barrier to progress in the field?
    • Is the project interdisciplinary and relevant to the Illinois campus and to the NCSA strategic plan?
    • Is there a strong scientific promise for the project?
    • If the aims of the project are achieved, how will scientific knowledge, technical capability, and or clinical practice be improved?
  • Investigators
    • Does the project include NCSA staff as integral contributor to the project?
    • Are the PI(s), collaborators, and other researchers well suited to the project?
    • Does the project include plan(s) to leverage NCSA scientific, technical, and management expertise, and/or leverage NCSA facilities and other major ongoing activities and programs?
    • Does the project include plan(s) for continued collaboration and pursuit of external funding from Federal agencies, Foundations, or Industry?
  • Innovation
    • Does the project challenge seek to shift current research or clinical practice paradigms by utilizing novel theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions?
    • Are the concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions novel to one field of research or novel in a broad sense?
  • Approach
    • Are the overall strategy, methodology, and analysis well-reasoned and appropriate to accomplish the scientific aims of the project?
    • Are potential problems, alternative strategies, and benchmarks for success presented?
    • If the project is in the early stages of development, will the strategy establish feasibility and will particularly risky aspects be managed?
  • Environment
    • Will NCSA, in which the work will be done, contribute to the probability of success?
    • Does the project demonstrate a compelling need for NCSA funding and involvement?
    • Are NCSA support, equipment and other physical resources available to the investigators adequate for the project proposed?

Awards are made are subject to the availability of funds, and review panel's recommendations.