proposals

Revised NSF Merit Review Criteria

by Kelle June 21, 2011

The NSF has been reviewing the merit review criteria (i.e., Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts). Based on the largely consistent input of 5,100 individuals, they have now drafted revised review criteria (below). To me, the criteria are actually the same, it’s just the wording has been changed to clarify the intent. In addition, they have […]

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What’s the best tool to annotate PDFs?

by Jane March 23, 2011

We all know the workflow:  a collaborator sends a draft proposal or paper; we carefully read it; bleed all over it; and send it back.  I admit that until last year, I used a Big Red Pen on hardcopy, which I then returned to the lead author by scanning with the xerox machine. Recently I […]

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Telescope and Grant Proposal Calendar [Wiki]

by Kelle January 25, 2011

Upon the excellent suggestion of Angelle Tanner, we’ve created a shared Google Calendar for common telescope and grant proposal deadlines. The calendar is embedded below and also has its own wiki page: Telescope and Grant Proposal Calendar. We’ve already added a lot of deadlines and programs, but I’m sure we’re missing some. Please comment on […]

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Google Docs to Write Collaborative Proposals

by Kelle January 6, 2011

Recently, the BD-NYC collaboration (me, Emily Rice, and Jackie Faherty) wrote an entire NSF proposal with Google Docs and it was AMAZING! In this post, I detail all the little things that we learned that will make it easier for you to get started using this tool. I’ve also whipped up a proposal template that […]

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Bad Proposals Writing Techniques

by Kelle December 14, 2010

How to Fail in Grant Writing | Do Your Job Better—The Chronicle of Higher Ed A list of proven techniques for writing bad proposals. (via Mordecai Mac Low). Some of my favorites: Focus your grant entirely on your own study species and/or area of focus. Knowledge for knowledge’s sake, right? Dealing with problems of general […]

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Research funding: Making the cut : Nature News

by Kelle October 1, 2010

Research funding: Making the cut | Nature News Submitting a grant proposal but never been on a committee? Here’s an inside look at how it actually goes down. Even though this article is about a committee for the American Cancer Society, it sounds basically the same as an NSF review panel to me. (via Jackie […]

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