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The Promotion of Excellence in Research: the Experience of the National Science Foundation, Text Slide 24 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. This flow chart highlights the last two steps of the process, the “Program Officer Recommendation (Award/Decline) and the “Higher Level Review”.
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) (this box is highlighted)
Box 6: Higher Level Review (this box is highlighted)
Two arrows from the Higher Level Review box leads to two different boxes. The arrow on the top leads to the “Award” box. The arrow on the bottom leads to the “Decline” box.

Credit: National Science Foundation

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