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NSF LAUNCH SURVEY ON INVESTIGATORS AND REVIEWERS

An online survey of investigators and reviewers has been launched by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The survey is intended to help NSF to learn more about the impact of its merit review process on proposers and reviewers. Participants will have received an email from NSF that invites them to take part in the survey, followed by an email from Insight Policy Research that contains a link to the online survey. NSF is asking for your participation to complete the survey.

From time to time, NSF administers a survey of the members of the research community that seeks to learn about their experiences with the merit review process. The information gathered in such a survey helps NSF to serve better both those who submit grant proposals to NSF and those who undertake the task of reviewing such proposals.


In 2007, NSF fielded a large-scale survey, the NSF 2007 Proposer Survey. Significant results of the 2007 survey are described in the Final Report of the IPAMM Working Group, published as NSF 07-45.

Since 2007, the frontiers of science have continued to evolve, there has been a growth in the numbers of both single-investigator and collaborative research projects proposed to NSF, and there have been changes both to NSF's proposal submission system and to the technologies used to support the review process. The 2015 survey, entitled Satisfaction of Investigators and Reviewers with the Merit Review Process, seeks to understand how these factors have affected NSF investigators and reviewers. The survey responses will help NSF to measure the burden and benefits associated with preparing and reviewing proposals. This feedback will be used by NSF as it works to make the review process more effective, maintaining the quality of the review process while minimizing the burden on proposers and reviewers and exploring the value of potential technological enhancements.


NSF has partnered with Insight Policy Research to develop and deploy the 2015 survey. The survey should take approximately 30 minutes to complete. The survey participants are individuals who have submitted proposals to and/or reviewed for NSF in the past few years. The participant group covers all of the academic disciplines that receive awards from NSF, embraces a broad spectrum of research and educational organizations, and represents many different demographic groups.

Participants will have received an email from NSF that invites them to take part in the survey, followed by an email from Insight Policy Research that contains a link to the online survey. Insight Policy Research will collate the survey data on behalf of NSF.