Instructions for Phase 1:

You should read the four example research proposals at the Canvas site of the class (under Syllabus). These are actual proposals that have been submitted to NWO (the Dutch Science foundation) or other funding agencies by staff members of the Computer Science department. (Their names have been omitted). Some of these proposals have actually been accepted, and some have been rejected or are still under evaluation.

For each proposal, write a short (1-2 pages) review, using the review form given below (adapted from an actual NWO form). The most important task is to find arguments in favor or against each proposal, and make this clear in your review. It is insufficient to just indicate which ones you like or dislike, you have to come up with arguments (and defend these in class). Be critical when you want to (you won't insult anyone!).

Email your submission to bal@cs.vu.nl. Adhere to the following instructions:

Review form:

  1. Number and title of the proposal
  2. What is the scholarly, scientific or technological relevance of the problem? Is the problem original, timely, challenging?
  3. What are the innovative and original aspects of the proposal? Are the project objectives challenging and scientifically ground-breaking?
  4. Is the approach suitable, including a practical work programme? How do you assess the program of work described in the proposal (realistic, feasible, ...)?
  5. Is the proposal well-written and are the project’s objectives clearly worded?
  6. What is your opinion on the scientific, societal and/or economic impact of the proposed research? Are the expected results of the research relevant for solving a societal/economic/cultural/ technical or policy-related challenge?
  7. How do you assess the entire application? Please give the final scoring for your assessment, on a 1(low) to 10 (high) scale
  8. Could you please summarise or briefly comment (point by point) on the strengths and weaknesses of the proposed research?

Your review should start with the line "Number and title of the proposal" in boldface, then on the next line, the number and title. Then comes a blank line, followed by "What is the scholarly, scientific or technological relevance of the problem? Is the problem original, timely, challenging?" in boldface on a line by itself, followed by the answer to the question, and so on.

Here is the link to the phase 2 instructions.