Important Information for faculty submitting proposals to the National Science Foundation:
NSF Transformative Research Review Criterion
On September 24, 2007, the National Science Foundation (NSF) issued Important Notice No. 130 concerning changes to the intellectual merit review criteria for proposals to incorporate the support of transformative research by NSF. A copy of the Notice is available on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2007/in130/in130.pdf.
Specifically, the review criterion was revised, in part, to direct applicants to consider “To what extent does the proposed activity suggest and explore creative, original, or potentially transformative concepts?” Effective October 1, 2007, the Grant Proposal Guide and new funding opportunities will incorporate this new criterion into proposal reviews. All proposals received after January 5, 2008 will be reviewed under the criterion.
This change in review criteria is a part of a general effort of NSF to support more transformative research. Responding to the report and recommendations from the National Science Board (NSB), NSF is working in a number of areas including the design of a new funding mechanism for “early concept” research.
As always, should you have any questions, please contact your ORPA Research Administrator.
Anthony Beckman - x5-1502
Donna Beyea - x5-8037
Marlene Boutet - x3-3960
Brenda Kavanaugh - x5-1504
Jane Tolbert - x5-4210
Cheryl Williams - x5-1503
Donna L. Beyea
Senior Research Administrator
University of Rochester
Office of Research and Project Administration
509 Hylan Building - Box 270140
Rochester, NY 14627