• Is this plausible?
• Is it practicable?
• Is this research worth doing? What will be learnt from it?
• Does the researcher(s) have the appropriate skills for this project?
Three independent and anonymous expert reviewers will be appointed to review the research proposal. The rating instrument summarises the reviewer's assessment, and in addition the reviewers provide written critical comments on the main components of the proposal. These comments are submitted to the Technical Advisory Committee for their consideration and recommendation to REPOA's Board of Directors.
Comments are forwarded to the author(s) when projects are rejected or require revisions. If the proposal shows some promise but needs substantial revisions, REPOA may identify an expert to mentor the researchers in revising the proposal.