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NSF Scores Low on Using Own Criteria

Science  30 Mar 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5513, pp. 2533-2535
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5513.2533b

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Three years ago, the National Science Foundation (NSF) changed the criteria for rating the quality of grant proposals it receives in an effort to give social impact--defined to include issues such as education and training, diversity, and addressing of national priorities--a more prominent role in assessments. But a new report from a panel of management experts says that most reviewers don't even bother to rate proposals on their potential social impact, and it chides NSF for not doing more to get scientists on board.