NSF New Merit Review Website

NSF has designed the Merit Review website to help the community better understand the NSF merit review process, as well as identify resources for additional information. The website answers questions such as:

  • What happens when you submit a proposal to NSF?
  • How are reviewers selected to review proposals?
  • Who decides whether a proposal is awarded or declined?
  • What type of information does one receive once a proposal has been reviewed?
  • How long does the entire merit review process take?

To answer these questions, the website includes tools as well as links to specific resource materials in the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide. The site begins with a video statement from Dr. Bement on the importance of the merit review process at NSF. The website then walks the user through a timeline covering three distinct stages - Proposal Preparation and Submission, Proposal Review and Processing, and Award Processing. Additional sections cover the topics "Merit Review Facts," and "Why You Should Volunteer to Serve as a Reviewer."

The website URL is: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/meritreview/index.jsp.

In addition, the website can be found in the "About NSF" section on the NSF homepage.

NSF hopes that this will become another valuable tool for the proposer and awardee communities. Please share this information with members of your organizations with a need to know, especially new faculty, new investigators and the Sponsored Programs Office. If there are any questions or comments about the site, please contact the Policy Office at 703-292-8243, or at policy@nsf.gov.