Project evaluation


Upon receipt of the submitted application the FRDC will forward each EOI to the relevant reviewer. This may be external peer review by an expert or review by an FRDC Advisory Group(s) (e.g. IPA) for assessment. Following their assessment, the reviewers will provide advice that will be communicated to applicants on whether their application has been supported or not supported in the round. An application that is not supported by a reviewer is unlikely to be successful in obtaining funding.

At this point, the applicant may receive advice that the FRDC requires more information before a decision can be made. The application will be ‘unfinalised’ in FishNet to allow the changes.


Managing Director or Board sign off

The FRDC assess all applications received, taking into consideration the level of FRDC reviewer support and develop a project decision recommendation that is signed off by the Managing Director (or where projects may be considered high-risk the FRDC board).


Decision Notification Letter

Following sign of the project decision recommendation by the FRDC, the PI will be sent a Decision Notification Letter advising them of FRDC’s decision regarding their application.

Each project is different and in some cases to address the FRDC conditions, applications may need to be ‘reactivated’ on FishNET ( so that any necessary changes can be made.

The PI must respond to the DNL by a specified timeframe outlined in the DNL, outlining how they will address the conditions. Once FRDC is satisfied that the conditions have been met, project contracting will proceed