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Expert evaluation guidelines

Your Eurostars project application will be evaluated remotely by three experts as a part of the programme’s first evaluation stage. The experts assess the quality of your consortium, estimate the ability of your project’s product, process or service to access the market and determine whether there are significant innovative benefits.

All the assigned experts are specialised in their field. Their scores and justifications decide whether your project will be chosen to advance to the second stage of the evaluation.

Scoring system

Your project proposal will be scored out of 6 points (with 1 being poor and 6 being excellent) according to three main categories and 12 sub-categories. Experts perform their evaluations independently and give unique justifications and commentary.

  • Each sub-category is scored out of six
  • An average is taken to establish the score for each category, and a second average is calculated for the three main categories
  • The scores of the three experts are compared to form an overall average

If the overall average for the three experts is 4.3 or higher for two or more categories, your project will progress in the evaluation process.

If there is an outlying score given by one of the experts (a score that does not fall on the same side of the mid-point as the other two), it will be disregarded when calculating the overall average.


1. Quality and efficiency of the implementation

This category allows the experts to evaluate the strength of your project based on:

  • Quality of the consortium
  • Added value through co-operation
  • Realistic and clearly-defined project management and planning
  • Reasonable cost structure

The experts consider whether the project partners complement each other to create a strong consortium. They review the reliability of all partner organisations by examining their business activities, management and technical experience and qualifications.

For this section, the experts also comment on the proposed methodology, time schedule, project objectives, task allocations and cost structure of your project proposal.

2. Impact (market and commercialisation)

In this section, the experts wish to see whether there are realistic estimates for growth prospects and market access in your project proposal. They examine:

  • Market size
  • Market access and risk
  • Competitive advantage
  • Clear and realistic commercialisation plans

The experts provide commentary on the competitiveness of the product, process or service that your project proposes by looking at other technologies currently on the market, customer-benefits and expected revenue and costs.  

3. Excellence of innovation and R&D

The final category has the following sub-categories:

  • Degree of innovation
  • New applied knowledge
  • Level of technical challenge
  • Technical achievability and risk

On completing this section, the experts comment on whether the product, process or service is a new or re-imagined concept and what technical challenges and risks are expected.

Finally, the experts provide a summary of their opinion of your proposal. They must also answer the following questions:

  • Is the stated time to market realistic?
  • Does the application represent value for public money – do you recommend this application for funding?
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