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NSF Preproposals – a failed idea at DEB and IOS?

Preproposals came to DEB and IOS about three years ago to solve the problem of too many proposals and too few willing reviewers. They were also thought to solve the problem of too much investigator time wasted on writing unfunded … Continue reading

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Are you willing to pay for advice for your NSF pre-proposal?

I got an email just now from Dave Stephens that he has a book for sale on Amazon on how to write an NSF preproposal. If you are willing to shell out $9.99 for the Kindle version, or $16.16 for … Continue reading

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How to acknowledge NSF support

NSF deserves to be acknowledged when they have funded your research. Perhaps unlike other organizations, they are very particular as to how to do it. If it is a paper, they want you to say exactly this in the acknowledgements: … Continue reading

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What do NSF ratings mean?

When you finally get the reviews of your NSF proposal, they will have ratings, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, and Poor. Some may give you between two, like E/VG, or G/F as if there was some sort of illusory precision … Continue reading

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Exactly how an NSF panel functions

It is kind of side information as to exactly how a panel works because it doesn’t tell you to write clear, excellent proposals with careful methods that address important questions with sufficient preliminary data to convince the panel as to … Continue reading

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Top ten reasons you did not get funding for your NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDIG)

1. You did not explain the main question clearly. 2. You did not tie your work to what had already been done. 3. You did not explain how your experiments would address the question. 4. There was a flaw in … Continue reading

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How to write an effective Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDIG)

A Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDIG) is a wonderful way to support some of your Ph.D. research if you are in evolution, ecology, or behavior. This funding comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and funds part, not all, of your … Continue reading

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