3. Assessment criteria

Applications will be assessed against the Boosting Dementia Research Leadership Fellowship assessment criteria listed below:

  1. Research output and potential for further career development in dementia research (50%)
  2. Research leadership (25%)
  3. Vision for the next four years and career development strategy, taking into account the aims of the Boosting Dementia Research Leadership Fellowship scheme and quality of the research environment (25%)

Applications are assessed relative to opportunity, taking into consideration any career disruptions (see section 6.2 of the NHMRC Funding Rules 2017).

The Category Descriptors at Attachment A are used as a guide by the Grant Review Panels (GRPs) to assist with scoring an application against each of the assessment criteria.

Peer reviewers are identified and appointed by NHMRC according to the Boosting Dementia Research Leadership Fellowship Scheme-Specific Peer Review Guidelines. All applications will undergo rigorous, high quality peer review in accordance with the NHMRC Principles of Peer Review. Therefore, applicants can expect that any matter relevant to the assessment criteria will be considered in the review of their application. Issues not relevant to the assessment criteria will not be considered during the peer review process.

In framing applications against the assessment criteria, applicants should closely consider how the proposal will address each aspect of the criteria. Consumer perspectives will also be considered when assessing applications against Criterion 3 of the assessment criteria.

Applicants are encouraged to consider the benefits of actively engaging consumers in their proposed research, by referring to the Statement on Consumer and Community Participation in Health and Medical Research (the Statement on Participation) when finalising their proposal.

3.1 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Additional Criteria

All applications that are accepted to relate to the improvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health must also address the Indigenous Research Excellence Criteria section 6.3 of the NHMRC Funding Rules 2017.

Any applications that have applied to be considered for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health relevance which do not meet the Indigenous Research Excellence Criteria will be assessed as a standard Boosting Dementia Research Leadership Fellowship application.