What is the link between rating and the funding/proposal process?
Researchers who are rated by the NRF
may apply for incentive funding which is available for the
duration of the rating. The funding is not project-related and
may be used for any research-related costs. The only 'string'
attached to this funding is the submission of an Annual Progress
Report at the end of the year to indicate how the funds were
What are the rating categories?
There are six rating categories (A, B, C, P, Y, L), which the
Assessment Panels use to assess the standing of applicants amongst their peers. These ratings are assigned on the basis of objective statements contained in reviewers' reports.
View the definitions and descriptions of the rating categories in either
Which Assessment Panels are in place for rating applications?
For the closing date of 27 February 2009, applications will be considered in the following
List of NRF Assessment Panels for
Animal and Veterinary Sciences
Anthropology, Development Studies, Geography, Sociology
and Social Work
Communication, Media Studies, Library and Information
Economics, Management, Administration and Accounting
Literary Studies, Languages and Linguistics
Microbiology and Plant Pathology
Performing and Creative Arts, and Design
Political Sciences, Policy Studies and Philosophy
* The committees may be revised from year to year depending e.g. on the number of applications received.
View more information on the assessment panels.
applications allocated a rating?
Refer to the section on "Process
to evaluate and rate individual researchers".
Can confidential research outputs be included in the submissions?
Yes. Examples of confidential research outputs are reports produced for companies, for policy-making organizations or for other research sponsors which are not available in the public domain. In such cases it is wise to select a reviewer who has access to the confidential information in order that an assessment can be made of the confidential research outputs.
Define the assessment period?
The assessment period for which research outputs will be considered for evaluation is
eight years, which, for the closing date of
27 February 2009 is taken from 1 January 2001 to 31 December 2008.
Is a list of all rated scientists available?
Yes. Click on the Facts and Figures link on
the left hand menu and then select the "Rated researchers and
search facility" option.
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Page last updated:
6 May 2009