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NSB Seeks Feedback on NSF's Merit Review Criteria

The National Science Board’s (NSB) Merit Review Task Force is undertaking a thorough review of the National Science Foundation's two merit review criteria (Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts). The merit review process is at the heart of NSF's mission, and the merit review criteria form the critical base for that process. Moreover, in the recently enacted America COMPETES Reauthorization Act, the Broader Impacts Review Criterion was specifically mentioned.

The Task Force is now gathering input from a wide variety of stakeholder groups, and will be developing its report and recommendations during 2011.

To ensure that all interested parties have an opportunity to provide input, NSF has established a web site through which you can submit your thoughts and ideas on several issues of interest to the Task Force (http://www.nsf.gov/funding/meritreviewform.cfm). Please take this opportunity to provide comments and suggestions for improvements, as the Task Force undertakes this important review.

We also encourage you to forward this message to your faculty members, so that the Task Force may obtain their perspectives on this important topic.