duplicate proposals

Thu May 14 17:55:46 EST 1992

Arabidopsis researchers: I have recently become aware of an NSF policy
change which may have serious effects on how we fund our research.
Beginning June 1, 1992 NSF will no longer accept proposals which have been
simultaneously submitted to any other federal agency (NIH, USDA, DOE). The
exception to this rule are those investigators who are just beginning their
careers. Yes, we will have to start putting all of our eggs in one basket.
Initially, I assumed that this policy change was an effort to reduce the
work load of NSF panels and reviewers. However, after communicated with
Mary Clutter (Directorate for Biological Sciences, NSF) it became clear
that this change reflected a larger policy shift at NSF. Mary indicated
that the best way to increase the NSF budget is to "carve a special niche
for NSF not duplicative of other agencies' missions." In other words, the
goal of this new rule is to shift NSF's emphasis away from research areas
which are currently funded by NIH and USDA. This includes most aspects of
plant molecular biology and biochemistry. In my opinion this is an
unfortunate development. What do you think? I also encourage you to send
your thoughts to your program director or Mary Clutter at
mclutter at note.nsf.gov

                                        Cheers, Mark Estelle

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