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Pathways to Impact scoring criteria

As part of the application assessment process Committee members assign a score to the Pathways to Impact statement of Excellent, Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.

This score is based on the referees' scores and comments, and the Principal Investigator response, and uses the following definitions.

Definitions of the three possible scores of the Pathways to Impact statement

Score Definition Notes
Excellent
  • The key areas where impact should be explored by the researchers during the course of the grant have been clearly identified
  • Clear, realistic and appropriate objectives are given
  • Proposed activities are appropriate to the research, use both routine and novel ways of engaging end-users and are likely to generate very significant potential for impact
  • Management of these activities has been well thought out
  • The ability to achieve the objectives is clearly evident

When associated with a grant obtaining a high score against the standard assessment criteria, this PtI score will reinforce that assessment and give the application an advantage over similarly scored proposals without an E rating.

Funded applications will be announced with the Pathways to Impact statement unchanged.

Satisfactory
  • At least the main areas where impact should be explored by the researchers during the course of the grant have been identified
  • The objectives given are mostly clear, realistic and appropriate, and any uncertainties are unlikely to significantly affect the potential for impact
  • Proposed activities are mostly appropriate to the research, will productively engage end-users, and are likely to generate adequate potential for impact
  • Management of these activities is generally well thought out, and any uncertainties are unlikely to significantly affect the potential for impact
  • The ability to achieve the majority objectives is evident and any uncertainties are unlikely to significantly affect the potential for impact

This PtI score is unlikely to have any positive influence on the overall score of an application, and in the case of a competitive proposal may disadvantage it in competition with proposals of similar merit with an E score.

Funded applications will be announced with the Pathways to Impact statement as presented, but feedback may be given on how it could be improved.

Unsatisfactory
  • Areas to be explored by the researchers during the project are not identified or not appropriate
  • Objectives are unclear, unrealistic, inappropriate or missing.
  • Proposed activities are inappropriate for the research, limited or routine in scope or very unlikely to generate significant impact
  • Management of these activities is unclear, inappropriate or missing
  • The ability to achieve the objectives has not been demonstrated

This PtI score could influence the overall score of a proposal if it was seen as indicating a poor understanding of the potential impacts of the work that might damage its outcomes. It would be a negative factor when rank ordering the proposal with others.

Funded applications will not be announced until an acceptable revised PtI has been received.