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Assessment Criteria and Rating a Grant Application


Assessment Criteria

Applications will undergo peer review process and be assessed according to the following criteria –

Health and medical research projects

  • Originality;
  • Relevance to the fund and thematic priorities;
  • Significance of the research questions;
  • Quality of scientific content;
  • Credibility of design and methods;
  • Applicability to local context; and
  • Translational potential / value.

Health promotion projects

  • Potential impact in response to the health needs of the target local community;
  • Scientific evidence of effectiveness of the proposed health promotion activities;
  • Innovation;
  • Relevance to thematic priorities;
  • Feasibility of the proposal;
  • Evaluation plan of programme effectiveness;
  • Cross-sector collaboration, in particular collaboration between non-governmental organisations and tertiary institutions;
  • Track record of the applicants and the administering institution;
  • Justification of requested budget;
  • Impact and sustainability of the programme; and
  • Potential to build community capacity in health promotion.


Rating a Grant Application

A score ranging from 4 (Recommended for support) to 1 (Not supported) will be assigned by the referees to indicate the scientific merit under each heading in the Referee's Assessment Form. The overall rating for each application will be discussed and finalised in the Grant Review Board meeting. The overall rating is defined as follows:

4 - Recommended for support Nil or very minor issues to address only
3 - Recommended for support subject to clarifications/ amendments Minor revision and clarification required for a successful delivery
2 - Not recommended for support at present Major revision required for significant improvement
1 - Not supported Minimal impact on research / flaw in methodology/ incomplete application/ out of scope of the fund
Out of scope Out of scope of the fund
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