Scientific Committee

Overview of the committees

In order to evaluate the short project proposals, the Research Council relies on its own scientific committees. For the GOA preselection there are 4 scientific committees, consisting of members representing the following faculties:

  1. Scientific Committee for the Humanities and Social and Economic Sciences (alpha committee): Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences
  2. Scientific Committee for Exact and Applied Sciences (beta committee): Faculty of Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering
  3. Scientific Committee for Biomedical and Medical Sciences (gamma committee): Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  4. Cross-committee working group (omega committee): one representative of each faculty

How to choose a committee?

The applicants decide which committee will evaluate the short GOA proposal. The choice depends on the nature of the project proposal:

  • If the content of the project is clearly situated within the boundaries of either the alpha , beta or gamma committee, then this committee must be chosen.
  • However, if the nature of the project exceeds the boundaries of the traditional committees (alpha, beta, gamma), the omega committee must be chosen. This cross-committee working group evaluates the applications of which the content is situated in several scientific domains and as a consequence cross the traditional alpha/beta/gamma distinction. This implies that a consortium with promoters and co-promoters from different scientific domains is not automatically evaluated by the omega committee. To be discussed in the omega committee, the project proposal must aim to answer questions in different research domains (alpha/beta/gamma).
  • The project proposals which are evaluated by the omega committee, get a pre-advise from the other committees (alpha/beta/gamma) that are in keeping with the disciplines of the projects. This is why it is necessary to indicate the other relevant committees from which a pre-advise is required when choosing the omega committee.
The applicants need to explain the choice of committee. This applies to every application.

The success rate is equal in all 4 committees as the allocation key is based on the % of applications in a committee in relation to the total number of applications.