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NASA Call for Reviewers: NASA Education Aeronautics Scholarship and Advanced STEM Training and Research (AS&ASTAR) Fellowship
By Carol Lunn (on 6/10/2016 @ 11:29:46, in Professional Development, read 1483 times)
NASA is looking for reviewers this summer.

One of the best ways that you improve your own grantsmanship is to read and evaluate proposals that others have written. As a reviewer you can read a variety of proposals written for the same funding program which is excellent training for what makes a successful grant and what does not. Serving on a review panel also provides insight into how the other reviewers evaluated the same proposals. The review process will give you firsthand knowledge about the funder and the priorities of its grant program. Understanding the review process gives you a competitive advantage when you later apply for a grant from the funder because you have a deeper understanding of the review process.

The panel will meet in New Orleans the first week of August. More information is below.

NASA Research and Education Support Services (NRESS) is seeking persons willing to serve as peer reviewers for a solicitation titled NASA Education Aeronautics Scholarship and Advanced STEM Training and Research (AS&ASTAR) Fellowship. Information about this opportunity, proposal requirements and evaluation criteria can be found on the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) website at AS&ASTAR Fellowships 2016.

Peer review is a critical component of the decision-making process for awarding projects. Your participation will assist in identifying high-quality projects by engaging individuals with different backgrounds, perspectives and areas of expertise in the review process.

AS&ASTAR Fellowships proposals are due June 17, 2016, and reviewers will be selected based on the subject matter of the proposals received. If you are selected, you will be notified by email which will contain detailed instructions on the process.

The online review period is scheduled for July 07-20, 2016. Reviewers will be asked to review no more than five proposals approximately 5-10 pages in length. Non-civil servants will receive an honorarium of $50 for each proposal fully reviewed and submitted through NSPIRES by the close of the review period.

Following the online review, a panel will convene to discuss which proposal(s) should be recommended for funding. The panel, which will be held in New Orleans, LA will last about 3 days and is tentatively scheduled for the week of August 1, 2016.

Please indicate your availability by responding to the questions below via email before COB June 13, 2015.

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1. Would you like to serve as an on-line reviewer for the AS&ASTAR Fellowships proposals?

If YES..  Provide your contact information as it appears/will appear in the NSPIRES system. If you are not registered yet, please do so at https://nspires.nasaprs.com

Full name Organization Department Position / Title, Email address(es), Phone number(s)

 Briefly identify/list your area(s) of expertise in a paragraph format when you reply to this email; you can attach your CV to this email to provide more background detail, if you wish, but it cannot be in lieu of your paragraph description.

My area of expertise____________

2. Would you be available to serve as a panel member?

If YES..  Please list your availability for the week of August 1, 2016. *include limited availability e.g. only available Tuesday & Thursday

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NSPIRES registration is REQUIRED to participate in the review process. If you are interested in serving as a reviewer, and are not already registered in NSPIRES,please do so immediately. Be sure to register using the contact information you provided above. If you are already registered in NSPIRES, take a moment to verify that the contact information on your NSPIRES account is current, and corresponds with what you provided.

If you have any problems with registration or accessing a current account, contact the NSPIRES Help Desk at (202) 479-9376, or by email at nspires-help@nasaprs.com. The Help Desk should ALWAYS be your first line of communication if you encounter any issues with NSPIRES.

Also, if you know of colleagues who may be qualified and interested in serving as reviewers, please share this information with them.