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NSF's ‘Big Pitch’ Tests Anonymized Grant Reviews

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Science  25 May 2012:
Vol. 336, Issue 6084, pp. 969-970
DOI: 10.1126/science.336.6084.969

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Is the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) turning down deserving research proposals because of potential biases in the grant-review process? The answer may be yes, if preliminary findings of an experiment being conducted by NSF officials hold up. But the officials caution against drawing any firm conclusions from what they acknowledge is limited data.