Project funding is allocated after a stringent peer- review process based solely on scientific criteria. Research grants are established after a two-stage review process. In an initial step, draft proposals are subject to an internal review by the Management Board, the Junior Scientists Committee, members of the ELAN committee, and other recognised scientists of the Faculty of Medicine based on a written proposal and public presentation. Decisions are reached after internal deliberation and are communicated immediately afterwards. Successful proposals are presented in full to the Scientific Advisory Board during their peer-review site visits. Negative funding decisions of the board are binding. Projects must start within six months after acceptance. Over the years funding rates were about 30 - 40%. Proposals are accepted every two years.
Junior projects are subject to a one-stage internal review only. Full proposals are reviewed by the Management Board, the Junior Scientists Committee and the ELAN committee based on a written proposal and public presentation. Decisions are reached after internal deliberation and communicated immediately afterwards to the proponents. Proposals are accepted yearly.