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• NSF to enhance support of transformative research
• New cost-sharing arrangement for Major Instrumentation Program

 

NSF to enhance support of transformative research. Dr. Arden Bement has signed Important Notice No. 130, Subject: Transformative Research. The Important Notice details NSF’s implementation of the National Science Board’s motion to enhance support of transformative research at the Foundation. In addition, the notice highlights the change to the Intellectual Merit Review Criterion to specifically include review of the extent to which a proposal also suggests and explores potentially transformative concepts. The document may be accessed electronically at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=in130
Note that effective October 1, 2007, the Grant Proposal Guide and new funding opportunities issued after this date will incorporate the change to
the Intellectual Merit Criterion. Proposals received after January 5th, 2008, will be subject to the revised merit review criterion.

New cost sharing requirement for the Major Research Instrumentation Program. NSF has just posted a Dear Colleague Letter regarding the newly imposed statutory cost sharing requirement for the Major Research Instrumentation Program. The Dear Colleague Letter may assist in your planning efforts for those that plan to submit to this program. The document is available electronically at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2007/nsf07251/nsf07251.jsp.

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