We would like to let you know that twelve working group proposals were submitted to the SCOR Secretariat for consideration at the 2023 SCOR Annual Meeting and are available on the SCOR web site at https://scor-int.org/events/scor-2023-annual-meeting/. The SCOR Executive Committee will be very grateful for comments from SCOR National Committees, individuals, and interested organizations to assist in the review of these proposals.
The review should be based on scientific merits, and whether the proposal is fundable or not in its present form, assigning the proposals a rank from 1 (most desired) to 12 (least desired) along with the recommendation of “must fund”, “may fund, or “do not fund” to each of the proposals following the criteria described in the following pages. Each reviewer (national committee, organization, or individual) should recommend no more than three proposals in the “must fund” category. Proposals ranked as “must fund” should be those that substantially meet the criteria, although may need minor adjustments to their terms of reference and/or membership. It is helpful for national SCOR committees to provide arguments to justify the ratings they give to each proposal (rather than just answering “yes” or “no”). When multiple national committee members have commented on a specific proposal, the chair of the national SCOR committee should synthesize the committee members’ responses.
Once all the reviews are received, SCOR will rank the proposals according to the national committee member recommendations of “must fund”, “may fund” or “do not fund”. The SCOR 2023 meeting will provide an opportunity for national SCOR committee representatives and other meeting participants to provide additional comments on each proposal. At the SCOR Annual Meeting, the proposals with the highest ranks will be shortlisted. A following round of discussions will reduce this list to the proposals that SCOR will fund to begin in 2024. The number of approved new working groups will depend on the quality of the proposals and funding availability. Comments generated during the discussions will be summarized and provided to proponents whose proposals were not approved in case that they wish to re-submit their proposal in a later year.