Board processing and decision

The board bases its decision on:

  • the full applications
  • the three peer reviews for each application
  • the applicant’s responses to the reviews
  • the interview of the proposed center leader

The quality of the reviews received is generally very high, and the reviews most often provide good advice to the board as well as to the applicants/centers. However, although the reviews serve as very important inputs to the board’s decision, it is the board that makes the final decision.

The board has thorough discussions of each proposal/application arguing in each case why an application should or should not be funded. Ultimately, the board must choose to fund relatively few research proposals from a large number of exceptional applications.