NSF Merit Review Criteria
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is stepping up efforts to obtain compliance with revised merit review criteria enacted two years ago. In a Sept. 20 notice NSF Director Rita Colwell told the research community: We want to ensure that the criterion relating to broader impacts is considered and addressed in proposals and reviews. We ask youas principal investigators who develop and submit proposals, and as experts who review proposalsto consider both intellectual merit and broader impacts in preparing and evaluating proposals for NSF. At the same time, we will continue to strengthen NSFs internal processes to ensure that both criteria are appropriately addressed when making funding decisions.
Merit review criteria and supporting explanations are available on the U-M research Web site at www.research.umich.edu and appear in a revision to the NSF Grant Proposal Guide (NSF 00-2).
Revised NSF Grant Proposal Guide
The National Science Foundation has revised the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) (NSF 00-2) and the Proposal Forms Kit (NSF 00-3). These documents supersede the prior versions.
This revision incorporates the following significant changes:
Other sections have been revised for clarity to make the guide consistent with current NSF policies, practices and procedures. A complete summary of changes can be found at www.nsf.gov/pubs/2000/nsf002/f4_changes.htm.
The GPG is available on the NSF Web site at www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf002. The Proposal Forms Kit can be accessed at: www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf003. Paper copies of the document may be obtained by sending e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.