NSF Meeting Sessions: More Information on Pre-Proposals

I’m in the Biological directorate section now, and we are talking about the two year pilot for the pre-proprosal requirement in several divisions. The pre-proposal process is a stripped down version of the scientific plan for a full proposal. Its fascinating they don’t ask for a budget at this stage.

The interesting comment that the program officer made is that they hope the preproposal process will increase a PI’s chances of being funded to as much as 1 in 3 when selected to write a full proposal. The goal is to reduce the number of mediocre proposals that are resubmitted without incorporating reviewer feedback, and most importantly focus awards on the highest quality science.

Tips:

Be sure to focus on intellectual merit and broader impacts.

Present a critical view of your scientific idea (controls, etc.)

Not all divisions have chosen to participate in the pre-proposal process. The division website will outline their participation in the pilot program.

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