Researchers also expressed displeasure at the way the policy change was announced.
They knew the abolishment of preproposals and deadlines was coming, says Eisthen, but were “blindsided” by the proposal cap.
Joanne Tornow, acting head of the biology directorate, points out that researchers can still be listed as “senior personnel” on unlimited grants and therefore still receive funding.
According to Tornow, NSF has “always treated the senior personnel as equivalent to PI or co-PI in intellectual contribution to a project.” The researchers, however, do not consider the two titles to be equivalent.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Undergraduate Education in collaboration with American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will offer two 90-minute webinars about preparing proposals for the NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program.
The first webinar on April 23 will center on Track 4: Noyce Research, and the second webinar on April 25 will focus on Track 1: Scholarships and Stipends, Track 2: Teaching Fellowships, Track 3: Master Teaching Fellowships, and Capacity Building (for proposers who intend to develop a future Track 1-3 proposal).Tornow says NSF is “sympathetic to the concerns the community is voicing,” and will continue to monitor and adjust the policy based on the volume and nature of the proposals coming in.“We’ve got the same goals and values,” Tornow says.“We want to offer as many opportunities for collaboration on important, cutting-edge work as we can.” The decision to drop preproposals and annual deadlines was motivated by feedback from the research community, Tornow says.But Eisthen notes that it took 5 years to reverse that policy.The submission date for all proposals for the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program is August 27, 2019.View the NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program solicitation 17-541.“I shouldn’t need to make that choice.” Eisthen and others say they support previous moves by NSF's biology directorate to address workload issues, including dropping the requirement for a preproposal and eliminating annual deadlines.The geosciences directorate found it received half as many applications after it switched to anytime submissions.Please note that this is the most current solicitation.FAPESP and United States’ National Science Foundation (NSF) announce the result of a call for proposals issued on November, 2018 that aimed at encouraging projects for scientific cooperation through their programs BIOTA (FAPESP Research Program on Biodiversity Characterization, Conservation, Restoration and Sustainable Use) and Dimensions of Biodiversity.