Take Steps to Ensure Proposal Gets Reviewed
Sponsored Program Services has documented some common reasons cited by the
National Science Foundation (NSF) to return proposals without review.
“Over the past year, primarily following the recent issuance of the 2015 NSF
Grants Proposal Guide, a number of proposals have been returned without
review by the NSF program officer,” says Amanda Hamaker, director of Pre-Award
Services. “While some of these may not turn out to be an issue depending on the
NSF reviewer, we strongly suggest careful review of each of these items to ensure
your proposal gets a proper review based on scientific merit.”
Some of the common items include:
» Project Summary: Must be typed directly into Fastlane text boxes unless
special characters are included and must be 4,600 characters or less.
» Project Description: Must include a section specifically titled “Broader
Impacts of the Proposed Work.”
» Project Description: Must include one recent (last five years) most closely
related NSF prior support. This is required for each PI and co-PI (limited to
five pages of the project description) and MUST include all of the required
details (see link below).
» References Document: Must not include any “et al.” instances, but must
include names in the order they appear in the publication.
» Biosketches: Should not include any personal information such as a website
or personal email. Must include the collaborators and other affiliations
section with all details as required in the GPG (see link below).
A full listing of common causes for return without review can be found at
Reviews Export Control
This spring, the Executive Vice President
for Research and Partnerships (EVPRP)
office, in collaboration with the Hoosier
Heartland Chapter of NCMS (the Society of Industrial Security Professionals),
hosted a seminar at Purdue on export
control regulations and restricted
research — research that has limitations
on participants, release of information or
“As Purdue ventures more into industrial
and defense related research, it is critical
that the faculty, students and administrators involved understand how to adhere
to the federal regulations that are inherent to this type of research,” says Mary
Millsaps, operations manager and facility
security officer in the EVPRP. “The goal of
the seminar was to reach a wide audience
of individuals already operating in this
area or considering future projects of this
During the daylong event, 100 Purdue,
government and industry representatives
discussed topics ranging from operational security to cases of export control
violations in a university setting. Presenters from Purdue, the Federal Bureau of
Investigation, Defense Security Service
and Naval Criminal Investigation Service
reviewed the challenges of restricted
research and resources available to principal investigators (PIs).
Within the EVPRP, the Export Control
Team works with PIs to identify required
controls and to help design control plans
necessary to ensure compliance. For more
information, visit www.purdue.edu/
exportcontrols or email
National Institutes of Health Revised
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued a significant content change to the
Biographical Sketches that took effect for proposals submitted beginning May 25,
2015. This format has also been adopted by the Agency for Healthcare Research
and Quality (AHRQ). Details of the new format requirements are as follows:
» The new format extends the page limit from four to five pages.
» The “Publications” section has been replaced with “Contributions to
Science.” This section allows researchers to describe up to five significant
contributions to science and to share the historical background that contributed to their current research (e.g., describe prior research findings which
contributed or led to the currently proposed project, specific roles on team
science projects, etc.).
» Each of the descriptions for the five contributions to science can include a
list of up to four relevant publications or research products (e.g., datasets,
patents, audio or video productions, educational tools, etc.). Researchers may
also include a link to a full list of their published work in a publicly available
digital database such as My Bibliography or SciENcv.
Additional details and resources can be found here: http://1.usa.gov/14Vte9G.