Project Evaluation

Before a Moonshot project can be started and subsidised, it passes through a number of stages, evaluations and tollgates. This evaluation procedure is not unique to the Moonshot initiative, but is based on the procedure that has been successfully implemented in recent years by spearhead clusters like Catalisti.

For a schematic overview of the evaluation procedure, please consult the evaluation tollgates in the Documents & Downloads section.

Evaluation of cSBO Projects

The evaluation of cSBO project proposals is the responsibility of the Scientific Advisory Board (Wetenschappelijke AdviesRaad or WAR) and is structured in two phases, as schematically indicated below.

First, the full project proposal is evaluated, in line with the VLAIO evaluation procedure, by three academic experts with subject-related expertise. VLAIO and the Moonshot operational team determine the composition of this expert panel. The three experts can be selected from the WAR or added ad hoc if there are insufficient WAR members with project-related knowledge. The selected experts in no way have a compromising interference with the submitting research groups/researchers or the research topic.

Each expert prepares an written evaluation of the project proposal that takes into account cSBO-specific evaluation criteria, with specific focus on two parts of the project application: the scientific project description and the intended valorisation. Any questions the individual experts might have are submitted to, and answered by, the consortium in writing.

In a second phase, the full project proposal, together with the three evaluation reports and the written rebuttal of the consortium, is provided to all WAR members. The WAR assesses the project proposal against cSBO-specific criteria and the overall Moonshot targets, taking its contribution to the Moonshot roadmap into account. On the basis of the project proposal, the three evaluation reports and the rebuttal, each WAR member formulates an individual advice.

To conclude the evaluation procedure, all evaluations are collectively discussed within the WAR in the presence of Catalisti and VLAIO representatives. The WAR then ranks all submitted project proposals. In agreement with the WAR, a consolidated advice is formulated by the Catalisti and VLAIO representatives, which is presented to the Moonshot Governance Board (MGB).

The MGB then makes a selection of promising project proposals. On the basis of the WAR ranking, the MGB can also implement a prioritization if required. Finally, the MGB presents its selection of project proposals to the Hermes Beslissingscomité (HBC). Here, a final funding decision is made. If approved, the cSBO project proposal officially becomes a Moonshot project.

Evaluation of LSI Projects

The evaluation of Later Stage Innovation projects by the Scientific Advisory Board (Wetenschappelijke AdviesRaad or WAR) occurs in a single phase, as schematically indicated below.

The project proposal is evaluated by the WAR. Questions WAR members might have are submitted to and answered by, the consortium in writing. All evaluations are collectively discussed within the WAR in the presence of Catalisti and VLAIO representatives. The WAR then ranks all project proposals. In agreement with the WAR, a consolidated advice is formulated by the Catalisti and VLAIO representatives, which is presented to the Moonshot Governance Board (MGB).

The MGB then makes a selection of promising project proposals. On the basis of the WAR ranking, the MGB can also implement a prioritization if required. Finally, the MGB presents its selection of project proposals to Flemish government, which makes a final funding decision. If approved, the LSI project proposal officially becomes a Moonshot project.