Proposals are ranked and evaluated based on the following criteria:
Quality of the science proposed, in particular how it contributes to the delivery of the new ICES Strategic Plan and its associated plans
Impact potential of the proposed outputs (scientific and institutional)
Level of engagement between academic and government science laboratories
Feasibility of the project and its outputs
Suitability of the project to be funded by the ICES Science Fund (as opposed to other ICES or external funding opportunities)
Age/experience of the scientist: those in their early career stages (no more than 5 years since obtaining a PhD) will be given priority
The fund does not support regular meetings of ICES science or advisory expert groups and will not include salaries or institutional overheads. A total of ten projects will be funded.