Procedure and Guidelines

Criteria For Evaluation Of Proposal

Criteria for Evaluation of Proposal



A. Relevance = 20 Marks


a) Relevance to Exclusion/Inclusion and the Agenda:

The research projects will be assessed against the guidelines stated in the call for proposals for the relevant activity/programme.


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b) Relevance to Policy Change:


How this research links to policy debates and policy change?


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c) Relevance to Society

Relevance to society is a criterion that is primarily relevant for evaluating applied research.

There should be clear description on how the project is relevant to society, for example the extent to which it could contribute to knowledge/competence that will be of short-term or long-term significance for meeting major challenges related to social exclusion/inclusion in the government, civil society, education and institutions and society in general, viewed in a region and national content.

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B. Research Quality = 30 Marks

The research quality of the research is a key and decisive criterion in considering applications and therefore considerable importance will be attached to it.

The following factors will be considered:

·               Originality in the form of scientific innovativeness and/or the development of new knowledge; assess whether it is under researched or/and over researched topic.

·               Whether the statement of the research problems and objectives are specific and verifiable;

·               Whether the literature review on the research topic and methodology are stated clearly;

·               Whether the research questions and issues are stated clearly;

·               Strength of theoretical approach, operationalisation and the use of scientific research methods and analyses; 

·               Feasibility of research methodology proposed;

·               Research Project Plan: whether the project is realistic and feasible on the basis of an expert evaluation within the stated budgetary and time-line parameters.

·               Where relevant, consideration will be given to professional diversity based on a multi and interdisciplinary approach;

·               Perspectives and Strategic Significance: A realistic assessment of the issue of social exclusion/inclusion in the context of Nepalese socio-economic and culture. Whether the project will contribute on SE/SI and nation building process of Nepal;

·               Whether and how the ethical aspects are integrated and addressed;

·               Whether the gender perspective in the research are integrated;

·               Whether the risks and challenges are addressed;

·               Whether the dissemination of the research findings are stated clearly;

·               Whether publication of research is considered and explored.


Reviewers’ evaluation


Reviewer’s assessment Marks for the Criteria to be Employed in the Evaluation of the Application/Proposal (Full Marks = 50 i.e. A. Relevance = 20 Marks and B. Research Quality = 30 Marks)







Full Marks




Received Marks



A. Relevance to SE/SI Agenda/the call for proposals; Relevance to Public Change and Relevance to the society






B. Research Quality





B1 Research Problem/Problem Statement






B2. Literature Review






B3. Objectives and Research Questions





B4. Research Methodology






B5. Perspectives and Strategic Significance






B6. Dissemination of Research Results






B7. Research Project Plan






B8. Budget





Total Marks





Reviewer’s Overall Assessment (1 page maximum):

Give an overall assessment of the elements evaluated in relation to the research application.

Indicate the most important strengths and weaknesses of the research project proposal.

Give your final marks with recommendations.

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