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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.