Project Screening is an assessment of project applications to select those which are not suitable for further consideration. Project screening includes completing a preliminary examination of the project opportunity (project application) to obtain an idea of whether the more time-consuming and costly effort for further business case development is reasonable. Project screening embraces the preliminary indications for decision-making on pursuing the project opportunities, so the next stage after screening is the project selection where the most advisable projects are chosen.
Specialists, conducting this procedure, utilize special project screening criteria which allow them to qualify applicant projects as suitable (matching these criteria) or not-suitable (they are screened out). One of the instruments used during the project screening process is a special table (so called project screening matrix) that lists applicant projects against the categories of screening criteria – every project is evaluated in terms of suitability (a scoring number or qualitative wording should be given to every aspect and by every project) and then they can be compared with each other to find out which applicant projects are least interesting of all.