Category Archives: NSF

For your NSF proposal, fit your Broader Impacts to existing infrastructure

One of the challenges to writing a compelling Broader Impacts section in your grant proposal is that we are not generally educated in this area. We are not high school teachers. Most of us have never made a museum exhibit, … Continue reading

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Grant review: best proposal or most needy scientist?

In a few short hours I read nine proposals from graduate students interested in funding for their research. Because this was a focused call, they were largely similar. They all involved field work, natural history, and queries into the relationship … Continue reading

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NSF’s Collections in support of Biological Research on hiatus: What does it mean???

Did you get word that NSF funding for collections is on hiatus? The minute I saw this, I worried. I know that hiatus does not mean an end, but it is the first step all too often. The  next thing … Continue reading

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What you need to do now, before you hear about how your NSF preproposal fared

When you finish writing your NSF preproposal it feels like a polished gem, a crystal so perfect it is hard to imagine expanding those perfect four pages into a full fifteen page proposal. At least that is how I felt … Continue reading

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Let’s nominate fantastic women for NSF’s Waterman Award!

I just got an email from France Córdova asking for nominations for the Waterman Award. It goes to a US Citizen or permanent resident under 35 and not 7 years past Ph.D. It needs 4 letters of reference. Nominations are … Continue reading

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How to creatively work the room at an NSF meeting

You’ve arrived at NSF, or NIH, or at any kind of small meeting with a job to do. You walk in the door, see the big table and find your name plate. Do you sit down and get to work, … Continue reading

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Do you know about National Science Foundation Dear Colleague Letters?

While you are struggling with your US National Science Foundation (NSF) proposals, wondering if your preproposal will survive the current round of evaluations, did you know there is a very simple and fast way to get some extra funds? It … Continue reading

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