The research projects supported by the BNP Paribas Foundation through its Climate & Biodiversity Initiative are selected through a call for projects every 3 years. The rigorous selection process of each call for projects has a specific governance. Indeed, the Foundation is backed by its Scientific committee composed of world-class researchers: they play a key role in selecting the most promising and outstanding research projects.
The three steps of the selection process
A call for projects involving employees, scientific experts & members of the executive committee
The trademark of the BNP Paribas Foundation’s call for projects is that BNP Paribas employees are involved in the selection process. For the 2019 edition, 37 employees representing 11 entities of the Group from 3 countries, and 6 external consultants, followed a specific training to evaluate the applications based on the different eligibility criteria.
During the 1st evaluation stage, each application is evaluated by 5 instructors and is rated based on several criteria such as the project’s scientific merit; the capacity of dissemination & valorization; the international dimension of the project; the team involved; and the impact of funding.
The Scientific committee is then involved in the 2nd step of the selection process. Composed of 8 world-class researchers who have an expertise in climate change & biodiversity, they evaluate and debate about the pre-selected projects. Their favorite projects will then be voted by the Foundation’s Executive committee which is constituted of members of BNP Paribas’ Executive committee and external qualified experts.
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