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Broader Impacts in a Nutshell

The National Science Foundation funds basic science research at the early graduate, dissertation, and postdoctoral stages. The NSF uses two criteria for evaluating funding applications: intellectual merit and broader impacts. In this blog post, I will explain ways in which … Continue reading

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Tom Ford…Bringing Diversity and Style to Higher Education

Tom Ford is pretty much a household name within academia. Highly coveted and highly elusive. This year, Tom will select 60 pre-doctoral graduate students to fulfill his mission in diversity and excellence in higher education. The mission? To ensure that … Continue reading

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Feedback from Multiple Sources

Revision is the hardest part of the proposal writing process for some people. The prospect of learning how to manage feedback from multiple sources and combine them into a coherent next draft can be daunting. Figuring out how to weigh … Continue reading

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Engaging with Program Officers

When we held the GradFund Fall Conference in September, one of the most popular panels featured program officers from a variety of foundations who shared advice and insights from the program officer’s perspective. The most agreed upon advice? Contact the … Continue reading

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Salesmanship: Appealing to Your Funder

A common mistake made by novice proposal writers is writing the research proposal for an external award application from their own perspective alone, or from the perspective of their thesis or dissertation advisor: I need money to do X, my … Continue reading

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NSF Update: Revised Merit Review Information and Upcoming Dissertation Research Grant Deadlines

The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds about 20% of federally-funded (non-medical) science and engineering at U.S. colleges and universities, including several programs to support graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. For programs with deadlines on or after January 14, 2013, NSF … Continue reading

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