Dear SSE Member,
Please note the opportunity below to provide feedback to NSF on the current proposal submission process. This is an opportunity to express your individual opinions regarding timing and procedure, but you need to act quickly for your voice to be heard.
Exec. Vice President, SSE
Please take the time (< 2 min) to fill out an important survey to “take the pulse” of the ecological and environmental science community regarding the new proposal submission and review process in the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB).
The context for this survey derives from our recent open letter to NSF that was signed by >550 scientists in one week, http://www.cbs.umn.edu/labs/shobbie/EcologistsLetter-NSF.pdf. This letter concerned changes made in 2012 by NSF to the proposal submission process within the Biological Sciences Directorate (BIO) to address the increasing workload faced by NSF program staff and the community. Several of us were fortunate to have a productive meeting with the BIO leadership at the LTER All Scientists Meeting on Sept. 10 when we discussed these issues and alternate solutions. Discussions with the community and NSF indicate that the three most important issues concerning the new process are (1) the restriction on the number of proposal submissions per investigator per year, (2) the move to a single submission deadline per year, and (3) the willingness of the community to step up and participate more fully in the ad hoc review and panel processes. We are confident after our conversations with NSF that #1, the restriction on the number of proposal submissions per investigator, will be rescinded. To provide NSF Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) with feedback from the community regarding issues #2 and #3, the number of deadlines per year and the community’s willingness to help ease the burdens faced by NSF, respectively, we ask you to fill out a very brief survey.
PLEASE DISTRIBUTE THIS SURVEY WIDELY TO YOUR COLLEAGUES IN ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY. Time is very short if we are to have an opportunity to influence the process in 2013, so please respond by 5pm CST on Sept. 18, 2012.