NSF Advisory Board Seeks Input on Review Criteria
June 24, 2011
By Paula Skedsvold
The National Science Board (NSB), an advisory body that works with the NSF Director to pursue the goals of the agency and advises the President and Congress on policy related to science and engineering, seeks input from the scientific community on its proposed revision to two merit review criteria and the principles underlying them.
Over the past year, the NSB’s Merit Review Task Force conducted an extensive examination of the merit review criteria on “Intellectual Merit” and “Broader Impacts,” considering over 190 reports from Committees of Visitors and input from over 5,100 individuals. The Task Force was interested in how the criteria are interpreted and used by the NSF community, as well as the perspectives of stakeholders inside and outside NSF.
According to an NSB/NSF “Dear Colleague” letter: “It became clear that the two review criteria of Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts are in fact the right criteria for evaluating NSF proposals, but that revisions are needed to clarify the intent of the criteria, and to highlight the connection to NSF’s core principles.”