Merit Review Criteria
What is the intellectual
merit of the proposed activity?
How important is the proposed activity to advancing knowledge and understanding
within its own field or across different fields? How well qualified is
the proposer (individual or team) to conduct the project? (If appropriate,
the reviewer will comment on the quality of prior work.) To what extent does
the proposed activity suggest and explore creative and original concepts? How
well conceived and organized is the proposed activity? Is there sufficient
access to resources?
What are the broader impacts of the proposed activity?
How well does the activity advance discovery and understanding while promoting
teaching, training, and learning? How well does the proposed activity broaden
the participation of underrepresented groups (e.g., gender, ethnicity, disability,
geographic, etc.)? To what extent will it enhance the infrastructure for
research and education, such as facilities, instrumentation, networks, and partnerships?
Will the results be disseminated broadly to enhance scientific and technological
understanding? What may be the benefits of the proposed activity to society?
Program-Specific Review Criteria:
Some programs have additional review criteria. These will be included in
the review request email.
* Integration of Research and Education
One of the principal strategies in support of NSF's goals is to foster integration
of research and education through the programs, projects and activities it supports
at academic and research institutions. These institutions provide abundant opportunities
where individuals may concurrently assume responsibilities as researchers, educators,
and students, and where all can engage in joint efforts that infuse education
with the excitement of discovery and enrich research through the diversity of
* Integrating Diversity into NSF Programs, Projects, and Activities
Broadening opportunities and enabling the participation of all citizens - women
and men, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities - are essential
to the health and vitality of science and engineering. NSF is committed to this
principle of diversity and deems it central to the programs, projects, and activities
it considers and supports.