Preparatory Access: The Peer Review Process

The evaluation of proposals is done using a light-weight procedure based on the technical assessment of the projects submitted. Scientific merits of the proposal are not evaluated.

Technical evaluations are performed by recognised technical experts from the relevant PRACE Hosting Members.

For Preparatory Access Type A and Type B applications

Review of proposals & decision usually takes up to 2 weeks after submission. For those proposals accepted, either totally or partially, this communication will include the corresponding start date for the project.

For Preparatory Access Type C and Type D applications

Technical evaluations are performed by recognised technical experts from the relevant PRACE Hosting Members. In the case of proposals for Type C and D scheme, appropriate software experts from PRACE will also be involved in the review. All reviewers are instructed to evaluate the proposals as submitted. No interaction between the reviewers and the applicants is expected during the evaluation of proposals.

In case of Type D the specific Tier-1 system will be selected during the review process by the PRACE review team, the PRACE expert and taking into account the applicant’s preferences, if provided in the proposal.

For Type C and D scheme, the results are communicated within two months of the cut-off date following the submission of the application. For those proposals accepted, either totally or partially, this communication will include the corresponding start date for the project.