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Selection Criteria

The following table indicates the selection criteria that the Selection Committee will use to evaluate each submission. Note that your submission must clearly demonstrate how your proposal meets each specific criterion. It is highly recommended that you address all indicators and provide all requested evidence in your application.

In your application, use the criteria and indicators as headings and subheadings to structure your proposal.

Criterion Excellence of the organization (30%)

Indicator Evidence to be provided in application documentation
Ability of organization and its staff to deliver the proposed program(s) successfully Relevant background of the organization
Previous awards/grants received
Education/experience of staff in science or engineering promotion to young people
Continuity of the organization Commitment to attaining goals
Contributions to the science, engineering and education communities
Communication Publicity activities of the organization and its program(s) aimed at the public Examples of networking with others involved in science and engineering promotion
Financial status (not included in 5-page limit) Most recent financial statements
Realistic budget forecast and budget justification
Ability to raise funds from non-federal sources
Evidence of sustainability
Letters of commitment from outside sources
Letter of commitment from the host organization (for postsecondary institutions only)


Criterion – Quality of the program (30%)

Indicator Evidence to be provided in application documentation
Program objectives Objectives consistent with those of PromoScience
Plans to show how objectives will be attained
Program content Detailed description of program(s)
Suitability for intended audience
Science-focussed content (not advocacy)
Originality/creativity Differences from other groups
Need for activity(ies)


Criterion – Impact and reach (40%)

Indicator Evidence to be provided in application documentation
Impact of program(s) on target groups Quality of the program interaction (breadth and depth)
Success stories
Evaluation plan
Participant feedback (testimonials, survey results, numbers of repeat participants, increased demand for program, etc.)
Carefully selected letters of reference
Impact of PromoScience funding Explanation of the added value or benefits that funding will bring to the organization, its program(s) and, ultimately, its participants
For applicants with past or current PromoScience funding: one-page activity report
Target audience Profile of participants (age, background, numbers reached)
Geographical reach (i.e., national, provincial)
Transferability to other geographical areas
Focus on under-represented groups Specific groups targeted based on gender, ethnicity, language, geographical location or economic status
Letter of reference from organization linked to under-represented target audience
People Discovery Innovation