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Major Award Decisionmaking at the National Science Foundation

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As part of its mission to foster high-quality scientific and engineering research, the National Science Foundation (NSF) plans, grants, and administers major awards to universities and other research institutions for national research facilities, multidisciplinary research centers, and other large-scale research projects. Although few in number, less than 100, such projects account for about 30 percent of NSF's annual research budget.
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Overview

As part of its mission to foster high-quality scientific and engineering research, the National Science Foundation (NSF) plans, grants, and administers major awards to universities and other research institutions for national research facilities, multidisciplinary research centers, and other large-scale research projects. Although few in number, less than 100, such projects account for about 30 percent of NSF's annual research budget.
This book provides a useful overview of how such projects are planned, reviews proposals for merit, and evaluates ongoing projects for renewal awards. The panel makes a series of recommendations for strengthening major award decisionmaking.
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A report on the National Science Board's and the National Science Foundation's merit review process for funding projects, focusing on large awards for major research facilities, interdisciplinary research centers, and other large-scale research. Presents information on project planning and budgeting, review criteria, award decisionmaking, the solicitation process, and recompetition of awards. Appendices offer lists of approved awards, and ten case studies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780309050296
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Table of Contents

Executive Summary 1
1 Major Awards at NSF 13
2 Planning Major Projects 39
3 Awarding Major Projects: Criteria and Review Procedures 61
4 Awarding Major Projects: NSB Role, Review Process Design, and Decision Documentation 89
5 Recompetition of Awards 109
6 Looking to the Future 117
Appendix A: Biographical Sketches of Panel Members 121
Appendix B: Major Awards Supported by NSF 127
Appendix C: Awards Approved by National Science Board, FY 1986-1992 137
Appendix D: Major Award Criteria from Recent Solicitation Announcements 150
Appendix E: The Ten Case Studies 155
References 156
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