Applications will be assessed based on the archive’s responses to the questions in the application form. Each application will be scored against objective criteria by at least four panel members. We will recruit a pool of potential panel members from different departments across The National Archives. A panel for each assessment will be formed based on the type and subject matter of the applications received to ensure applications can be assessed by those with relevant skills and expertise.
The panel will be chaired by the programme administrators Lucy Davis and Beth Astridge. The administrators are not permitted to contribute to assessment discussions, other than to facilitate the process, or to score and assess applications. A conflict of interest register will be completed before each round of assessments. In the case of a conflict of interest, that panel member will be asked not score the application, and the other panel members’ scores will be averaged to compensate. In the event of a conflict of interest, panel members will be asked to absent themselves from the relevant discussion.
At the end of an assessment meeting the panel will have agreed which projects should be funded in each round according to available resources. They will also have decided which projects should be retained on a reserve list as similarly strong projects with the potential for funding if additional resources become available in the same financial year. If extra funding does become available and the panel wishes to consider the reserve list alongside the ongoing rounds of applications, an additional panel meeting will be called to consider the allocation of the additional resource.