In deciding on the world’s best researchers, the Selection Committee considers several factors. First, the applicant’s work must be original and relevant to the field. A scientific paper must be written in English, Spanish, Portuguese, or both. It should also be presented in a format that is legible for the committee to read.

The quality of the applicants is another important factor. Some panelists expressed reservations about the quality of the applicants. Moreover, there was not enough information on post-award activities, which limited the panel’s ability to make a quality decision. Therefore, the World Selection Committee’s quality evaluation criteria must be more detailed and transparent.