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Project Ranking Criteria

The Sea Lamprey Research Board 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, and upon positive review by the Board.  Investigators submitting proposal should review the peer reviewer instructions prior to proposal preparation. Proposed projects must not be duplicative with other projects.

Relationships to 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 Sea Lamprey Control Board and it's task forces. Further, the Board encourages proposals that demonstrate integration across two or more theme areas. For example, a project that addresses sea lamprey entrance into pheromone-baited traps would be relevant to both the Barriers and Trapping and Chemosensory Communication themes.

Application to control program and importance to the rehabilitation of fisheries – Research projects will have a high-priority for funding if they have a high potential to improve sea lamprey control and enhance the rehabilitation success of species of common concern between Canada and the U.S.

Note: Projects will be evaluated against the information needs described by the theme under which they are submitted.

Past performance – Project leaders should have demonstrated the technical expertise required to complete the project or have co-investigators or appropriate partnerships wiht other organizations to meet all the requirements of the project. Capability to finish projects through peer reviewed publication is essential.




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