Inside NSF:  What are peer reviewers really looking for? Liz Dorland Chemistry Department, Mesa Community College, Mesa, A...
Peer Review  at NSF <ul><li>How can you best sell your brilliant idea? </li></ul><ul><li>First, consider the process... </...
 
 
Program Officers in DUE <ul><li>Chemistry, biology, engineering, math, geology, computer science, social science </li></ul...
 
Peer Review - Panels <ul><li>How are reviewers selected?  </li></ul><ul><li>How can you get onto a panel, and why should y...
Panel Process <ul><li>5 - 6 panelists, one is “chair” </li></ul><ul><li>10-12 proposals, read/write/rate in advance </li><...
Proposals Inside NSF <ul><li>Submission  ->  Sorting to panels </li></ul><ul><li>Inviting reviewers  ->  Panel Meeting </l...
Proposal Processing <ul><li>Proposal GPA Spreadsheet vs $$ available </li></ul><ul><li>What gets funded?? </li></ul><ul><l...
The Secret Life of the PO/PD <ul><li>respond to phone calls and emails from current and prospective PIs </li></ul><ul><li>...
NSF Acronyms:  Which two are the “ringers”? <ul><li>ATE </li></ul>A&I ASA STEP NSDL EMD BIO CISE MPS SBE CCLI ENG EHR GEO ...
The Night Before 2YC3 <ul><li>Powerpoint at NSF: 3 AM </li></ul><ul><li>Meridian in the rain... </li></ul><ul><li>A night ...
What do DUE reviewers look for? <ul><li>The same thing that reviewers in the research directorates look for. </li></ul><ul...
Commercial Break:  Molit - Concord Consortium <ul><li>Molecular Literacy Project </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive modules </l...
... new materials that use highly interactive molecular dynamics and quantum mechanics models, and embed these models in l...
Don’t forget BCCE and ICCE 2006! Questions?
Independent Agencies:  NSF, NASA, NRC, EPA, Smithsonian...
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Inside NSF -- Proposal Review in the Division of Undergraduate Education 2004

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This slideshow gives an introduction to the grant proposal process after submission to NSF. What happens after Fastlane submission that takes so long??

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Inside NSF -- Proposal Review in the Division of Undergraduate Education 2004

  1. 1. Inside NSF: What are peer reviewers really looking for? Liz Dorland Chemistry Department, Mesa Community College, Mesa, AZ Program Officer: NSF-DUE August 2003-August 2004 First Year Chemistry International Conference, UIUC
  2. 2. Peer Review at NSF <ul><li>How can you best sell your brilliant idea? </li></ul><ul><li>First, consider the process... </li></ul>
  3. 5. Program Officers in DUE <ul><li>Chemistry, biology, engineering, math, geology, computer science, social science </li></ul><ul><li>Rotators vs permanent PDs </li></ul><ul><li>2004 : Chemistry - 1 permanent, 2 rotators </li></ul>Hixson Parson Ungar DD: Haggett ATE: Teles
  4. 7. Peer Review - Panels <ul><li>How are reviewers selected? </li></ul><ul><li>How can you get onto a panel, and why should you want to? (email discipline PO) </li></ul><ul><li>What will be involved if you go? </li></ul>
  5. 8. Panel Process <ul><li>5 - 6 panelists, one is “chair” </li></ul><ul><li>10-12 proposals, read/write/rate in advance </li></ul><ul><li>submit reviews in Fastlane before arrival </li></ul><ul><li>1.5+ days at the Doubletree Hotel or NSF </li></ul><ul><li>discuss proposals in panel room </li></ul><ul><li>“ Scribe” on ~2 proposals, writes panel summary </li></ul><ul><li>approve/submit summaries in Fastlane </li></ul><ul><li>“ Interactive Panel System” </li></ul>
  6. 9. Proposals Inside NSF <ul><li>Submission -> Sorting to panels </li></ul><ul><li>Inviting reviewers -> Panel Meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Proposal processing </li></ul>What happens between the submission deadline and when you see your reviews in Fastlane several months later?
  7. 10. Proposal Processing <ul><li>Proposal GPA Spreadsheet vs $$ available </li></ul><ul><li>What gets funded?? </li></ul><ul><li>Assignment to PO “My Work” </li></ul><ul><li>Low Declines </li></ul><ul><li>Awards Negotiation </li></ul><ul><li>High Declines </li></ul><ul><li>70% Rule (in 6 months) </li></ul>
  8. 11. The Secret Life of the PO/PD <ul><li>respond to phone calls and emails from current and prospective PIs </li></ul><ul><li>manage ~70-100+ projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>read/approve annual & final reports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>approve some changes in budget/scope </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>site visits and/or NVC meeting if large project </li></ul></ul><ul><li>weekly division PD meeting, seminars, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>give the “NSF Talk” at conferences (e.g. ICCE) </li></ul><ul><li>do proposal writing workshops </li></ul><ul><li>proposal processing for 5-6 programs/panels </li></ul><ul><li>write solicitations, design/modify programs </li></ul><ul><li>workshops at NSF & National Academy </li></ul>
  9. 12. NSF Acronyms: Which two are the “ringers”? <ul><li>ATE </li></ul>A&I ASA STEP NSDL EMD BIO CISE MPS SBE CCLI ENG EHR GEO DUE HRD REC ESIE DGA NSB NRC NAS MSP DRL
  10. 13. The Night Before 2YC3 <ul><li>Powerpoint at NSF: 3 AM </li></ul><ul><li>Meridian in the rain... </li></ul><ul><li>A night at the Hilton </li></ul><ul><li>Flight to LAX </li></ul>Hilton Meridian
  11. 14. What do DUE reviewers look for? <ul><li>The same thing that reviewers in the research directorates look for. </li></ul><ul><li>knowledge of field/what’s been done </li></ul><ul><li>knowledge of the literature (beyond JChemEd) </li></ul><ul><li>innovative ideas that can potentially have broad application in other settings </li></ul><ul><li>buy-in from department/administration </li></ul><ul><li>partnerships/collaborations </li></ul><ul><li>a well-developed and detailed plan with timeline </li></ul><ul><li>formative/summative assessment from day 1 </li></ul><ul><li>well organized, no long rationale/set-up </li></ul>
  12. 15. Commercial Break: Molit - Concord Consortium <ul><li>Molecular Literacy Project </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive modules </li></ul><ul><li>Editable/authorable </li></ul><ul><li>“ Word for Molecules” </li></ul><ul><li>Free to download </li></ul><ul><li>www.molit.concord.org </li></ul><ul><li>Workshop Wednesday AM!! </li></ul>
  13. 16. ... new materials that use highly interactive molecular dynamics and quantum mechanics models, and embed these models in learning activities that are appropriate for both core science courses and specialized courses teaching biotechnology and nanotechnology...
  14. 17. Don’t forget BCCE and ICCE 2006! Questions?
  15. 18. Independent Agencies: NSF, NASA, NRC, EPA, Smithsonian...

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