Points for assessment
When preparing your application you should take into account the following general points of assessment. Assessors will take these points into account when looking at all applications.
- Quality of research
- Quality of the proposal
- Track record of researchers
The Australian Research Council (ARC) presentation How ARC Proposals are Assessed (and how to be a good assessor) outlines the ARC assessment process.
Quality of the research
Will your project facilitate:
- an important discovery or innovation
- the solution to an important practical problem
- a significant conceptual advance
Quality of the proposal
Make sure your proposal is reader-friendly.
If you don’t put in the effort to make your research proposal easy to read you are relying on your assessors doing the required work to understand your proposal.
- Presentation should be clear and uncluttered
- Structure information for several levels of reading
- Use language appropriate to readers levels of knowledge
- Make it interesting – express your enthusiasm and make it active, exciting and lively
- Emphasise the innovation and significance
- Illustrate why it is being done, give a clear research plan and what the relevant benefits are
- If there is an identifiable weakness or difficulty raise the problem and neutralise it by responding to it
- Obstacles can be indicators of innovation, challenges that need tackling – where possible set up your proposal to achieve this problem solving
- Images, diagrams, graphs and tables need to be legible and effective
Track record of the researchers
- Demonstrate you have the skills and experience to carry out the project
- Expertise of your team is obvious – the experience level is appropriate for the project
- Give clear statements of achievements
- Include most relevant publications, reports and other contributions
- Emphasise recent research activities and achievements