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The international panel of evaluators has conducted the midway evaluation of SFI CASA. Their final judgement is coming up in September-October.

The representatives of the evaluation panel visiting SFI CASA were (from left) Dr Mattias Lundberg, Professor Mary O’Kane, Professor Mats Oldenburg, and Professor Eric Markiewicz.
(Photo: Sølvi W. Normannsen)

This spring 17 centres for Research-based Innovation established in 2015 are going through the midway evaluation. Early in March, the evaluation team of four met with the Chair of SFI CASA, members of the Board, the Director, project leaders, industry representatives, postdocs, PhD students, and representatives of our host institution, NTNU.

Evaluation Roughly 3,5 years After Start-up

According to the SFI Scheme, each Centre is required to undergo an evaluation roughly 3,5 years after start-up. This process forms the basis for determining whether to continue the individual Centre for the final three-year period. Unnecessary to say, b­eforehand there is always a certain excitement in the air.  

The criteria used for the selection of the Centres and the success criteria defined for SFI Centres form the basis for the panels work.

Also, these documents are essential:

  • The Centre´s self-evaluation
  • Fact sheet for the Centre
  • Host institution assessment
  • Partner assessments
  • Annual reports
  • Project description for the final three-year period and further plans

Results Made Public in September

The evaluation panels give their final reports on SFI III in March-May. Until the end of June, the Centres have the opportunity to comment on the assessment and recommendation of RCN. 

The Research Council’s Executive Board take the final decision on which Centres will receive continued funding for the final three-year in September/October.

Then the results will be made public.

The representatives of the evaluation panel visiting SFI CASA were Generalists Dr Mattias Lundberg, Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, Sweden and Professor Mary O’Kane, O’Kane Associates, Australia (panel leader).

The international Scientific experts were Professor Mats Oldenburg, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden and Professor Eric Markiewicz, University of Valenciennes, France.