For each Call for Proposals, the selection process is organised in three steps:
1. Eligibility and Admissibility check: this is the very first step carried out. The Permanent Secretariat checks whether the applications comply with the eligibility and admissibility criteria listed in the UIA Terms of Reference.
All applicants (eligible and not eligible) will be notified by the Permanent Secretariat about the status of their project by the end of May 2017. Applications declared eligible and admissible will be considered for the second step of the selection process, the Strategic assessment.
2. Strategic assessment: a Panel of External Experts with in-depth knowledge of the topics of the Call is in charge of a Strategic assessment. The Panel evaluates the proposals according to 4 weighted criteria:
- Innovativeness (40%)
- Partnership (15%)
- Measurability of results (15%)
- Transferability (10%)
Applications successfully scoring above a certain threshold are considered for the last step of the selection process, the Operational assessment.
Applicants whose proposals don’t qualify for the Operational assessment will receive a notification, together with an overall comment regarding the assessment, by the end of July 2017.
3. Operational assessment: the Permanent Secretariat performs the last assessment and check the quality of the proposal i.e. are the Work Plan, budget and management structures coherent and well justified? This assessment accounts for the last 20% of the overall assessment.
Building on the results of the Operational assessment, a Selection Committee composed of the European Commission and the Entrusted Entity meets to make the final selection. For the 2nd call, this Selection Committee will take the decision by the end of September 2017.
All applicants who reach the Operational assessment stage are notified of the final decision, and the successful applicants are able to start working on their project.
You can read our Guidance section 3.2, for a complete overview of our selection process and scoring system.
Applicants are reminded that the selection process is very competitive and only the most innovative projects will be selected.
All the best to all of them!