Selection criteria

Each year the international experts on the IRP Scientific Committee evaluate a considerable number of research projects based on strict criteria to ensure an objective and rigorous selection. Their goal is to favour quality and excellence to retain only the very best proposals, as much for the degree of scientific interest proposed, as for the quality of the programme of implementation.

  • International reputation

The value and scope of a researcher’s work is measured by the number, quality and relevance of his/her scientific contributions (articles published in specialised journals, or presentations at scientific congresses).

  • Originality of the methodology

To be admissible, all projects submitted must include a clear description of the methods to be adopted (conservative approach or an innovative, creative concept), so that its feasibility can be assessed. The researcher must verify that, based on the planned methodology, his/her approach will deliver answers to the questions posed.

  •  Clinical interest

Basic research should not be disconnected from reality. The proposed projects must be relevant to the clinical situation caused by lesions of the spinal cord or the brain, and their outcomes must clearly contribute to a better understanding of paraplegia and lesions of the brain.

  •  Overall evaluation

An assessment of how the project is presented, described and of the motivation behind it: the logic of the planned experiments and the likelihood of obtaining applicable results, a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying lesions of the brain and of the spinal cord, and thus of developing new therapeutic techniques.