• Quality of project and significance in its field;• Likelihood of attracting follow-on funding – where appropriate;• Justification of need for funding and consistency with the purpose of START;• Ability of applicant to carry out work; and• Feasibility of completion of the project within the funding period and the proposed budget.
Prior START recipients should discuss the results from the prior support. Preference is given to applicants who have not received START awards in recent years.
Priority (as captured in the “Justification” criterion above) will be given to faculty who are establishing themselves in a new scholarly direction, such that the initial work funded by the START program will enable a recipient to continue in a new direction after the completion of the START award. Similarly, proposals from faculty who are re-establishing themselves after an interruption (familial, medical, professional/administrative service, etc.) will also be prioritized. Proposals from other senior faculty will be considered, provided they include new interdisciplinary collaborations which will enable the recipient to enter a new area of study. The review committee will also take into account the rankings and justifications provided by department chairs/center directors.