All applications were firstly reviewed by members of the Evidence & Investigation Network Steering Group, and then by the SIPR Executive Committee , both of which included senior academic and practitioner representatives. To ensure an open and fair process, academic reviewers were not allowed to comment on any bids from their own institution, and practitioners could not comment on any projects in which they were personally involved.
In assessing proposals, the following were taken into account :
• Evidence that the proposed project was demand-driven, with strong evidence of Practitioner support and aligned with the research priorities identified in the Addressing the Future Research Challenges in Forensics sandpit;
• Potential for delivering impact and the legacy of the project in terms of influencing future policy and practice;
• The quality of the proposed collaboration between HEIs and Police Scotland, the Scottish Police Authority and/or other relevant partner organisations;
• Overall value for money, including a cost-effective and credible work plan and a robust approach to evaluation.