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Evaluating the quality of projects

The assessment is made by CIF’s Scientific Review Panel. Each application shall be assessed by all four members. If this is not possible because of a conflicts of interest, at least two members of a Scientific Review Group shall make the assessment.

Relevance to sport

The assessment is carried out in two stages: first, the relevance to sport is assessed. If the application is assessed to have no relevance to sport it cannot progress further. Read CIF's definition of sport and relevance to sport.


Applications that are judged to have relevance to sport are evaluated on the basis of four criteria. For the assessment of A-C, a seven-point scale (1-7) is used, with seven (7) being the highest grade. For the assessment of (D), a three-grade scale (1-3) is used where three (3) is the highest grade.

Scientific Review Groups will award every application a grade each for Criteria A, B, C and D, as well as a total score for A+B+C. 

Quality criteria

A. Innovation and originality
B. The scientific quality of the project
C. Applicants’ qualifications in relation to the project
D. Feasibility