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Each proposal will be evaluated under three criteria – Excellence, Impact and Implementation, which will be scored and weighted as per the following tables.





Quality and credibility of the research/innovation project; level of novelty, appropriate consideration of inter/multidisciplinary and gender aspects and relevance to the PROCESS research theme.

Enhancing the potential and future career prospects of the researcher

Coherence, effectiveness and appropriateness of the work plan

Quality and appropriateness of the training and of the two-way transfer of knowledge between the researcher, host and industry partner

Quality of proposed exploitation and dissemination of results, and relevance to industry.

Appropriateness of the allocation of tasks and resources

Quality of the supervision and of the integration in the team/institution of the host, secondment host and partners

Quality of the proposed measures to communicate the project activities to different audiences

Appropriateness of management structure and procedures, including risk management

Capacity of the researcher to reach or reinforce a position of professional maturity/independence


Appropriateness of the institutional environment


Each proposal will then receive a score as per the scoring table below:





Proposal fails to address the criterion or cannot be assessed owing to missing or incomplete information.


Poor. The criterion is inadequately addressed, or there are serious inherent weaknesses.


Fair. Proposal broadly addresses the criterion, but there are significant weaknesses.


Good. Proposal addresses the criterion well, but a number of shortcomings are present.


Very Good. Proposal addresses the criterion well, but a small number of shortcomings are present.


Excellent. Proposal successfully addresses all relevant aspects of the criterion. Any shortcomings are minor.


These scores will be weighted as per the following table:





Weighting and Priority ex aequo of scores

50% (Priority 1)

30% (Priority 2)

20% (Priority 3)


PROCESS will ensure that each research project associated with the awarded Fellowship obeys fundamental ethical principles and regulations. The H2020 rules on Ethical Issues will apply. 


The following fields of research cannot be financed at all under Horizon 2020 (and therefore may not be part of any proposal submitted to the PROCESS Fellowship Programme): 

1.  Research activities aiming at human cloning for reproductive purposes 

2. Research activity intended to modify the genetics of human beings that could make such changes heritable (with the exception of research relating to cancer treatment of the gonads, which may be financed) 

3. Research activities intended to create human embryos solely for the purpose of research or for the purpose of stem cell procurement, including by means of somatic cell nuclear transfer.


No funding will be granted for research activities that are prohibited in all the Member States. No activity will be funded in a Member State where such activity is forbidden. Given the nature of the overarching research theme of PROCESS, it is deemed unlikely that incoming research proposals on human stem cell will be received, or considered appropriate. 


All research activities proposed in the PROCESS Programme must respect fundamental ethics principles, including those reflected in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, the European Convention on Human Rights and its Supplementary Protocols, and the relevant ethics rules of H2020. These principles include the need to ensure the freedom of research and the need to protect the physical and moral integrity of individuals and the welfare of animals. Ethics is important for all research domains. Informed consent and confidentiality are as important for a sociological study as they are for clinical research. Proposed research activities must comply with ethical principles and applicable international, EU and national law. 

It is the applicants’ responsibility, working with their Host Mentor, to identify any potential ethics issues, to handle the ethics aspects of their proposal, and to detail how they plan to address them. This will be part of the assessment criteria used to evaluate the proposals, and in the monitoring of funded projects. Applicant researchers will be required to complete an Ethics Questionnaire as part of their application, which will follow current H2020 guidelines. The applicant must describe how the proposal meets the European as well as the national legal and ethics requirements of the country or countries where the tasks raising ethics issues are to be carried out. In particular, applicants should take care to describe the ethics procedures that they will enforce in the execution of the Programme. Any applications for which issues are flagged in the Ethics Questionnaire will be reviewed by the  UL Research Ethics Committee. If successful in the PROCESS competition, a full ethical report and approval from an ethical review committee will need to be received by UL within three months of the start date.  If this has not already been applied for/received the ethics approval/required ethics documents, the researcher must indicate to UL the approximate date that they will provide the approval of other ethics documents. Research activities with ethical implications cannot proceed until approved by UL and participating Centres. Applicant researchers must explain in detail how they intend to address the ethical issues flagged, in particular with regard to the research objectives (e.g. study of vulnerable populations, cooperation with a Third Country, etc.); the research methodology (e.g. clinical trials, involvement of children and related information and consent/assent procedures, data protection and privacy issues related to data collected, etc.); and potential impact of the research (e.g. dual use issues, environmental damage, malevolent use, etc.). If a research project requires access to archival material in private custodianship or archival material with restricted access, written evidence of appropriate permission to consult such material must be furnished to UL.  

UL will make sure that applicants consider these ethical issues when drafting their application. They are required to familiarise themselves with the Ethical Issues which will be outlined in the Terms & Conditions and Guidelines for Applicants for the PROCESS Programme. Applicants will be asked in the online application form to state whether their research does or does not raise any ethical issues or if research involving any of the three areas prohibited under H2020 is proposed. The applicant will also declare on the online form that, if deemed necessary, they will agree to abide by the ethical guidelines and assurance procedures of their Host Institution’s ethical review committee. 

The evaluators may bring ethical issues to the attention of UL during the evaluation process; they will be asked on the PROCESS Individual Evaluator Form to identify whether ethical issues relate to the application or if research involving any of the three areas prohibited under H2020 is proposed. When ethical issues are identified in any of the applications selected for funding, UL will ensure that an ethical review is conducted by the UL Research Ethics Committee, and will require the applicant to submit written evidence of such ethical approval for examination prior to the funding of any research proposal. An ethical review form will be supplied to the applicant for this purpose, which will include details of UL’s ethical rules, including the instruction that H2020 rules must take precedence over national rules. If a completed ethical review form (completed and signed by a representative of the relevant Ethics Committee) is not submitted, no funding will be granted. In situations where national ethical rules conflict with H2020 rules, UL are clear that H2020 rules will prevail, and will communicate this to the relevant parties, e.g. applicants, evaluators, and Host Organisation ethical review committees. The ethical rules for the PROCESS Fellowships will be clearly set out in the Guide for Applicants and Terms & Conditions. 

The Commission may conduct an ethical audit at any phase of the project. 

Research conducted by post-doctoral Fellows through the PROCESS Programme may involve the use of chemicals that may be harmful to the environment or to themselves. Post-doctoral Fellows will be obliged to adhere to the principles laid out in the University of Limerick Safety Statement, and to complete appropriate Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments in line with UL Policy.

All applicants will have recourse to redress: Redress requests can only be made with regard to procedural issues or perceived incorrect application of eligibility criteria, and not with regard the scientific judgments of the remote reviewers and members of the interview panels. The PM will forward the redress requests to the Redress Committee (RC). The RC will either reject or accept it; in the latter case, a new remote peer review with ethics check and/or interview will be arranged. Applicants will be informed about the results of redress within 30 days of their request.

The RC will manage redress requests from unsuccessful applicants, made within 30 days of an evaluation result. The RC will inform applicants of their decision within 30 days.

  • MSCA National Contact Point, Ireland
  • A Senior Researcher/Lecturer from UL, not related to the project.
  • A representative from UL’s Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation.

Please ensure that you upload the following documents for your application.

  1. Proposal template (Part A-H).  Parts A and H should be uploaded to SULIS as separate PDFs.  Parts B-G should be submitted as a single PDF.  This means you will upload three (3) separate PDFs to SULIS for complete submission.  For assistance uploading your proposal, contact the PROCESS team at

  2. Any supporting documents (e.g., for Career Restart or Reintegration Fellowships)

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 801165.