Segnaliamo qui il documento della NSF relativo alla rielaborazione dei criteri per la selezione dei progetti meritevoli di finanziamento. Merita di essere segnalata la complessità e accuratezza di un pur limitato processo di revisione dei criteri.
In February 2010, the National Science Board (NSB, Board) established a Task Force on Merit Review, and charged it to review how well the current Merit Review Criteria used by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to evaluate all proposals were serving the agency. The two Criteria had been in place since 1997 with only one significant
modification in 2007 (to include mention of potentially transformative concepts). The
Task Force conducted a thorough review of data collected from multiple sources, which included extensive outreach to many stakeholder groups. Based on the Task Force’s analyses, NSB concluded that the two current Merit Review Criteria of Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts remain appropriate for evaluating NSF proposals (the Board also recognized that the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 included a provision mandating the retention of the Broader Impacts criterion).
However, the Board concluded that revisions were needed; both to draw a clearer
connection of the Criteria to core principles and to better articulate the essential
elements of each criterion.