Principles for assessment by experts for calls under NordForsk

NordForsk employs international peer review as the basis for application assessment. The assessment process at NordForsk is based on the following principles.

Competence
The reviewers are to have suitable and adequate competence in relation to the themes and objectives of the call.

Objectivity and equal treatment
All assessments are to be carried out in the same way and be based on the quality of the proposal. To avoid any conflict of interest or problems relating to impartiality, assessments are to be based on clearly defined quality criteria and formalised processes.

Ethical considerations
The experts are not to carry out any formal ethical review, but should give consideration to the manner in which the applicant discusses the research and formulates the research question with regard to good research practice.

Openness and transparency
The assessment must be based on rules and guidelines established in advance and made publicly known.

Efficiency
The total resources used in the application and assessment processes, in terms of both time used and cost, are to be minimised for all parties involved, i.e. applicants, subject specialists and the NordForsk administration, with a view to maintaining quality, objectivity, transparency and appropriateness for purpose.

Impartiality
The reviewers may not have a vested interest in the applications or a close relationship with the applicants (see NordForsk’s Guidelines on Impartiality).

The panel’s gender composition must be in line with the NordForsk gender policy.

The peer review process is to be adapted to the call and the research area and must be proportional to the size and complexity of the call. As a baseline NordForsk prefers the use of panels, as this is an efficient and reliable method for processing applications. Ideally, panels should be put together so that there is at least one person with particular expertise on each application in the panel. If this is not possible, it is permissible to use individual experts in addition to the panel.

NordForsk's expert panels, 2020

Nordic Health Data Research Projects on Covid-19

Bridie Kent, University of Plymouth, UK
Chris Gale, Imperial College London, UK
Jamie Hartmann-Boyce, University of Oxford, UK
Jörg Janne Vehreschild, German Centre for Infection Research, DE
Nick Francis University of Southampton, UK
Sebastian Funk, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK

Nordic Research Infrastructure Hubs

Hans-F. Graf, University of Cambridge, UK
Anastassis Perrakis, Netherlands Cancer Institute, NL
Eucharia Meehan, Dublin Institute for Advanced Sciences, IE
Laura Schreiber, University of Würzburg, DE
Michael Herzog, University of Cambridge, UK/DE
Rebecca Oakey, King’s College London, UK
Serena Battaglia, Programme Coordinator ECRIN, IT
Steve Eichorn, University of Bristol, UK

Nordic societal security in light of the emerging global and regional trends

Beate Volker, University of Amsterdam, NL
Ben Wisner, University College London, US
David Chandler, University of Westminister, UK
Isabelle Ioannides, Institute for European Studies, BE
Jeroen Wolbers, University of Leiden, NL
Misse Wester, Lund University, SE
Pieter van Gelder, TU Delft, NL
Sandra Resodihardjo, Radbound University, NL
Sanneke Kuipers, University of Leiden, NL

Interdisciplinary research - Full proposal

Patricia Harvey, University of Greenwich, UK
Adrian M. Ionescu, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, CH
Emma Robinson, King's College London, UK
Geert Kops, Utrecht Bioinformatics Center, NL
Iain Lake, University of East Anglia, UK
Maggie Gill, University of Aberdeen, UK
Marc Dijk, Maastricht University, NL
Maria Pilar Rodriguez, University of Deusto, ES
Marsha Henry, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Paul McNamee, University of Aberdeen, UK
Sarah Hartley, University of Exeter, UK
Unai Pascual, Basque Centre for Climate Change, ES

Sustainable Aquaculture – Research and Innovation Projects

Stefanie Colombo, Dalhousie University, CA
Francis Murray, University of Stirling, UK
Gavin Burnell, University College Cork, IE
Newton C. Marcial Gomes, CESAM Portugal, PT
Pascal Fontaine, University of Lorraine, FR
Tillmann Benfey, University of New Brunswick, CA

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships within the Nordic Neutron Science Programme

Felix Fernandez-Alonso, IKERBASQUE Materials Physics CenterSpain, ES
Genoveva Burca, Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK
Karen Edler, The University of Bath, UK
Margarita Russina, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie, DE

Digitalisation of the Public Sector – Research and Innovation Projects

Noella Edelmann, Danube University Krems, AT
Anette Mellbye, BCG, NO
Jonas Slørdahl Skjærpe, NAV, NO
Marina van Geenhuizen, Delft University of Technology, NL
Nada Lavrač, Jožef Stefan Institute, SL
Peter C. F. Musæus, Skatteetaten, NO
Robert Krimmer, Tallinn University, EE
Samuli Pekkola, Tampere University, FI
Susie A. Ruff, RUFF & CO. Business Innovation, DK
Ulf Melin, Linköping University, SE
Valentina Ion, Microsoft Corporation, RU
Viktor Arvidsson, University of Sydney, AU