Project Selection

Project Selection

Projects must supply all necessary supporting information and meet eligibility and Gateway criteria before they can be scored. Once these requirements have been satisfied, the project will be scored against Programme, Cross-Cutting and Measurei criteria.

Below are some general guidelines on how project applications are assessed and scored. Please check with the Action Plan you are applying to for any further additional selection guidance.

There are 4 stages to project assessment.

Basic Completeness Check

Refer to the Document Checklist – this check makes sure that you have provided all the documents required.

Eligibilityi Assessment

The Eligibility Assessment ensures that the project meets the minimum requirements to be supported by the North West Objective 2i ERDFi Programme. The criteria carry no score but if you don’t answer ‘Yes’ to all the questions asked then your project will not proceed to the Gateway Criteria Assessment. In this section it is essential that you provide supporting information in the box provided.

Gateway Criteria Assessment

This ensures that the project content and likely impact do not detract from the objectives of the Cross Cutting Themes (Equal Opportunities, Information Society and Sustainable Developmenti). This assessment ensures that applications have reached a minimum standard, over and above merely complying with relevant legislation. Projects will have the opportunity to gain further recognition for greater contributions to the Cross Cutting Theme objectives through the scoring system. Projects which do not comply with the Gateway criteria will not proceed to full appraisal and scoring.

Project Scoring

The maximum score for a project is 100 points. Projects must score at least 60 points to pass the quality threshold. Projects which do not meet the quality threshold will not be eligible for funding. Budget restrictions may mean that not all projects meeting the quality threshold can be funded.

Each criteria is assessed against a number of checklist questions and the average score (0-5) is then converted into a percentage mark contributing to the overall total of 100. Scores will be rounded to the nearest whole number.

You are also asked to provide Supporting Evidence referencing supporting text or documentation (for example your business plan). This will help the appraiser form a judgement as to the extent to which you project meets the criteria.

Summary of Scoring Weights

Programme Criteria 45%

Additionality: 10%

Need for Support: 10%

Value for Moneyi: 5%

Integration within Priorities: 5%

Integration with Other Priorities and Programmes: 5%

Financial Leveragei: 5%

Project Management/Delivery: 5%


Cross Cutting Criteria 15%

Equal Opportunities: 5%

Information Society: 5%

Sustainable Development: 5%


Measure Criteria 40%


Scoring Range

For the majority of criteria, projects will be scored on a range of 0 to 5 as follows:

5: Close to an optimum project, innovative and providing added value

4: Contributes to aspiration and brings added value

3: Contributes to aspiration and provides detailed evidence

1: Complies with aspiration, and provides only general statements in support

0: Does not contribute to aspiration

Project Selection Criteria - Priority 1 Projects
Project Selection Criteria - Priority 2 Projects
Project Selection Criteria - Priority 3 Projects