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General Criteria of Evaluation

  1. As with all Wenner-Gren awards, important criteria of evaluation are the quality of the research and its potential contribution to anthropological knowledge, theory, and debate. The Foundation looks for four essential characteristics in the applications:
    • A well-defined research question
    • A detailed description of appropriate evidence to answer the research question
    • A feasible plan for gathering and analyzing this evidence
    • The significance of the research to important theoretical and methodological issues in anthropology
  2. Proposals whose primary objective is to “fill in” knowledge about a culture, a region, a language, a site, or a primate species will not be competitive unless a further case can be made for the importance of this finding to broader issues in anthropology.
  3. Those applicants with applied anthropological objectives should emphasize the theoretical and methodological impact of their research for the discipline as opposed to its applied value only.
  4. Applicants whose research focuses on primatology should ensure that their proposals emphasize the specific ways in which their research relates to humanity's cultural and/or biological origins, development, and/or modern variation. The Foundation does not fund basic research in primatology or research that is primarily orientated towards primate conservation.
  5. Linguists should also be aware that the Foundation does not fund salvage work on endangered languages (e.g., preparation of dictionaries and/or grammars).
  6. Applications will also be judged on the degree to which they meet at least two of the following aims of the Foundation to:
    • Bring together researchers with different national perspectives that complement each other and enrich the research
    • Strengthen anthropology in countries where there are limited resources to support its development
    • Combine different areas of expertise and knowledge that will benefit both researchers
  7. Priority will be given to those applications that make a strong case for a balanced collaboration between the applicant and co-applicant/s in all aspects of the research: fieldwork, analysis, and eventual publication. If the proposal involves other project personnel (e.g., students or other professional colleagues) in addition to the applicant and co-applicant/s, these participants are expected to reflect the balanced collaboration and not be drawn primarily from only one of the collaborating countries.
  8. Priority will also be given to applications that include an element of training or capacity building as part of the ICRG proposal. The Foundation's intention through the training element of the ICRG grant is to help to provide state-of-the-art training in research techniques and methodology where there is a need for such training.
  9. There is no preference for particular geographic areas or topics.

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