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The Promotion of Excellence in Research: the Experience of the National Science Foundation, Text Slide 22 of 31

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Slide Words: NSF Merit Review Process

Slide Image: A flow chart of the National Science Foundation Merit Review Process. The boxes are joined by arrows demonstrating the process.
Starting from top left the boxes are:
Box 1: Electronic Receipt of Proposal
Box 2: NSF Program Officer
Box 3: Peer Review: Mail, Panel, Combination
Box 4: Merit Review Criteria: Intellectual Merit, Broader Impacts
Box 5: Program Officer Recommendation (Award/Decline)
Box 6: Higher Level Review
Two arrows from the Higher Level Review box lead to two different boxes. The arrow on the top leads to the “Award” box. The arrow on the bottom leads to the “Decline” box.
All boxes are the same color except “Award” and “Decline” each of which is a different color.

Credit: National Science Foundation

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