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1 Not Funded - Now What? Justin Miller, EdD Director, SPO

2 Goals  Review Process  Learning from Reviewer Comments  Become a Reviewer!  Questions

3 Review Process  Orientation  Proposal review & comments  Round 1 (submitted scores & discussion)  Round 2 (revised scores & discussion)  Decision

4 It’s not like this…really!

5 Not Funded? First Steps…  If not provided, request reviewers’ comments.  If still not provided, request debriefing.  Share comments and notes with SPO, your Chair, and others.

6 Learning from Reviewer Comments  Note: frequent reviewer comments are summarized in the following slides. These are quite usual in revision proposals for resubmission – or in preparing a new proposal.

7 Learning from Reviewer Comments Sponsor Fit  Did it support both the mission of the sponsor and the specific program you are applying for? Tips  Review the mission of the sponsor and their purpose for the program – even the legislation on federal or state opportunities. Contact the sponsor in regards to suitability.

8 Learning from Reviewer Comments Communication  Reviewers can be distracted by typos, poor grammar, or an unclear narrative outline. They also notice when the proposal language is not clear or concise. Tips  Follow the guidelines!  Have colleagues review your proposal – both inside and outside your field. SPO does have funding available for external reviewers, if requested.

9 Learning from Reviewer Comments Idea / Conceptual Analysis  Reviewers often cite the PI for not providing enough the thought process behind the research plan or for not including potential obstacles and contingency plans. Tips  Conduct a thorough lit review  Demonstrate how your project fits into the broader picture.

10 Learning from Reviewer Comments Work Plan / Methodology  Review are looking for:  How, when, and by whom the work will be done  How the data will be analyzed  The necessary skills and resources are available to complete the research Tips  Review your project, step-by-step, and be realistic about your timeline.  Ensure you have the proper expertise  Be sure your work plan has the proper controls and analysis.

11 Additional Tips  Understand the review criteria  How are the points/percentages applied?  What are reviewers look for on each criterion?  Do your budget and narrative match?  Are your budget requests addressed and justified in your narrative? Does your narrative describe needs you are not requesting?  Are your other proposal package materials relevant, beneficial, and complete?  CV/Biosketch: Does it fully describe your qualifications?  Letters of support v. Letters of commitment  Revise and Resubmit!

12 Become a Reviewer! Note: you don’t have to have been funded by a sponsor to be a reviewer!  Professional association/listserv communications  NSF: the Program Officer / Program Director who oversees the Directorate or specific program of interest.  NIH:  US Dept of Ed / IES: Program Officers; G5 system utlized  Have a short CV or biosketch ready to share that highlights your qualifications and expertise in that specific area.

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