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Just one proposal per year, please, NSF tells astronomers

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Science  20 Jun 2014:
Vol. 344, Issue 6190, pp. 1328
DOI: 10.1126/science.344.6190.1328

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U.S. astronomers now regard their chances of obtaining a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) as no better than those of winning the lottery. It's a new and unpleasant feeling for a community accustomed to relatively good success rates, and NSF officials say limiting researchers to one proposal a year is the best way to relieve that frustration, which extends to reviewers. An advisory panel to the main government agencies that support astronomy and astrophysics also agreed to collect data on the community's behavior in applying for and reviewing grant proposals, so that federal officials can have better information on which to base future decisions.