Start-up applications of scientists in the early stages of their scientific careers go through the same evaluation process as regular research grants. Thus, they are discussed together with the regular applications, and by the same panels. However, they enjoy the following advantages, which usually result in a higher success rate than the regular applications:
Please note the following:
- Preliminary results are not required if the young scientist has not yet established a lab.
- The external reviewers are notified that the application has been submitted to the start-up program by a young scientist.
- In the final panel deliberations, after the most outstanding applications are granted, the panel often discusses applications with similar evaluation records. At this time, the panel is requested by the staff to give advantage to applications that were submitted to the start-up program.
- A prerequisite for a start-up application in order that it be given a grant is that it qualifies as excellent, or at least very good.
- A young scientist who submits an application to the regular program will not enjoy these benefits, and his application will be processed as if he is a senior scientist with an established lab.