The BOTE evaluates research proposals based on the criteria below:
Scientific merit of proposals – Every research proposal submitted will be subjected to a review by scientific peers. Peer review evaluates the proposed research based on scientific merit, rationale, innovativeness, budget, logistics, and qualifications of the proponents. Peer reviewers have demonstrated expertise in the proposal topic area. Proposal success will be highly dependent upon positive, favorable peer reviews of the proposal and upon positive review by the BOTE. Investigators submitting proposal should review the peer review form prior to proposal preparation. Projects must be non-duplicative with other projects.
Relationships to fishery agency and commission programs – Research projects will have a high priority for funding if they directly relate to the research themes , or the research priorities identified by the Lake Committees. - Projects will be evaluated against the information needs described by the theme under which they are submitted or the information needs described by the Lake Committees' research priorities. Projects that demonstrate integration across two or more themes are also a high priority for funding.
Importance to conservation, rehabilitation, and sustainability of fisheries – Research projects will have a high priority for funding if they relate to a species of conservation or rehabilitation concern, or if they are critical to the achievement of healthy Great Lakes ecosystems.
Past performance – Project leaders should have demonstrated the expertise required to complete the project or have co-investigators or appropriate partnerships with other organizations to meet all the requirements of the project. Capability to finish projects through peer reviewed publication is essential.