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Timetable and selection process

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By 30 September 2020

Submission of a short outline of the project (max. 3 pages) with information on:

  • research needs: motivation and explicit questions as well as theoretical background, literature

  • content and methodological reference to the NEPS (specification of cohort(s), if necessary design, in particular timing for panel items) with concurrent presentation of the additional benefit/distinction from the existing

  • notes on operationalization and quality assurance, example items (if not yet available: notes on the planned procedure for quality assurance)

  • proof of the applicant's professional expertise with regard to the research field

Selection - Stage 1: review of methodological feasibility by a NEPS-CfM committee at LIfBi and examination of the necessity for further pretests; identification of the possible field; consultation with submitters if necessary

By 14 October 2020

Feedback from the NEPS-CfM committee and request for the development of a concrete proposal after positive decision

By 15 January 2021

Submission of a detailed outline of the project (5-10 pages), based on the brief outline, supplemented by:

  • elaborated proposal for the items

  • proof of the scientific quality of the items

From 16 to 21 January 2021

Preparation of the submissions

From 22 January to 02 February 2021

Selection - Stage 2: Online rating (by the members of the Annual General Meeting of NEPS and the Scientific Advisory Board of LIfBi)

From 03 to 07 February 2021

Preparation of the rating results for the Annual General Meeting of NEPS

By 26 February 2021

Final decision by the LIfBi Board of Directors, based on a recommendation from the Annual General Meeting of NEPS

Implementation into the NEPS processes: start of item integration into the survey program up to 10 months before the start of the field, depending on the starting cohort; the survey phase varies between 3 and 6 months; the prepared data of the Scientific Use File are available at the latest 18 months after the end of the field

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