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NSF Merit Review Criteria, Text Slide 5 of 7

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NSF Merit Review Criteria

Criterion 1: What is the intellectual merit of the proposed activity?

  • advances knowledge
  • well qualified proposer
  • creative and original concepts
  • well conceived and organized
  • access to resources

Criterion 2: What are the broader impacts of the proposed activity?

  • advance discovery...while promoting teaching, training, and learning
  • broaden participation of underrepresented groups (gender, ethnicity, disability, geographic, etc.)
  • enhance infrastructure for research and education
  • broad dissemination
  • societal benefits

Slide Background: An abstract graphic collage with a grid in the background. Images include on the right side an artistic perspective of the left side of a face with glowing eyes, nose and mouth. Other images include graphs, numbers and equations.

Credit: Design by S. Raimo, National Science Foundation

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