When a researcher applies for a National Research Foundation (NRF) rating, an Assessment Panel considers a number of reviewers’ reports on the applicant’s research and research standing based upon the applicant’s research output during the eight (8) years prior to the review, and thereafter assigns a rating to the applicant. The rating reflects the Assessment Panel’s conclusion as to which rating category best represents the opinions that reviewers have expressed in their reports on that applicant. Where Assessment Panels cannot reach consensus, or where in their opinion an applicant might fall within the A or P categories, or should no longer fall within the A category, the application and the reviewers’ reports are referred to the Executive Evaluation Committee (EEC) for further consideration and final decision.
Although the process contains various checks and balances to ensure that rating decisions are consistent and fair, mistakes may nonetheless occur and a process has been established in terms of which applicants who are dissatisfied with the outcome of a rating decision are able to have the matter reviewed. This document sets out the criteria and processes for doing so.
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