NSF Merit Review Criteria Comments

Since I posted several times on the subject of NSF’s proposed revisions to its merit review criteria, it seems proper to: submit comments to NSF, and post them here.  Let’s get to it.


I wish to provide comments on the proposed revisions to the National Science Foundation’s merit review criteria.

It is encouraging to see more explicit guidelines outlining the kinds of things that would fall under the broad category of ‘broader impacts.’  Please extend this additional detail to the specific guidance that will be developed for various stakeholder communities.

With particular relevance for the broader impacts criterion, it would benefit NSF to engage more with the public to solicit input on the criteria and how to implement them.  The process so far has been relatively silent on how it has engaged with the public to this point in the process.

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