Evaluation Process

Delphi Procedure

TUM-IAS follows a strict Delphi procedure to evaluate the quality of the proposals for its Hans Fischer (Senior) and Rudolf Diesel Industry Fellowships. The Delphi process consists of two phases: an evaluation phase based on peer review and bibliographical analysis, during which a maximum of relevant information about the proposal is collected (including a rebuttal by the applicant on the reviewers’ comments), and a decision phase in which the collected information on the proposals is evaluated, a ranking is established and a decision on the Fellowships is made. Except for the very last decision on the caesura in the ranking (which is based on financial possibilities) both phases are done blindly, as is required in an orthodox implementation of the Delphi process. The process is designed so that the reviewers and evaluators do not influence each other (this is essential to make assessments between very diverse fields possible). The process is represented below:

Overview over the evaluation process for TUM-IAS fellowships

Upon receipt of a nomination the candidate and the nominator (if applicable) receive an acknowledgement. The IAS Advisory Council decides together with the Director which applications will be sent for external evaluation. The Delphi process stipulates that after three months the nominator and candidate must receive a “concept evaluation protocol” to which they are asked to attach either their agreement or rebuttal. The protocol contains the anonymous answers peer reviewers have given to the questions on the quality of the proposal. The whole documentation including the protocol and the motivation of the nomination are offered to a jury. The body is constituted by top professionals, selected internationally and covering the technological and scientific areas active at TUM. The jury then ranks the proposals blindly on the main criteria. The results of the jury ranking are then presented to the TUM-IAS Advisory Council, who decides on the awards, following the ranking of the jury and taking into account financial possibilities. The proposer and candidate will be informed of the final decision after the meeting of the Advisory Council.

Conflicts of Interest

All shortlisted applications for Hans Fischer, Hans Fischer Senior and Rudolf Diesel Industry Fellowships are evaluated by independent reviewers. In order to ensure that there is no actual or potential conflict of interest, we must ask any reviewers to refrain from evaluating the proposal if the following circumstances apply:

  • First-degree relationships, marriage, life partnership, domestic partnership with the applicant and/or host.
  • Personal (financial) interest in the proposal’s success or (financial) interest by persons listed under no. 1.
  • Current (within the past three years) or planned close scientific cooperation with the applicant and/or host.
  • Dependent supervisory relationship (e.g. teacher-student relationship up to and including the postdoctoral phase) with the applicant and/or host, extending six years beyond the conclusion of the relationship.
  • The affiliation or pending transfer to the department or to the non-university research institute of the applicant or host.
  • Any other situation that would compromise your ability to evaluate the proposal impartially.