[Reblog]: NSF Peer Review Under Scrutiny by House Science Panel

NSF Peer Review Under Scrutiny by House Science Panel

by Jeffrey Mervis on 18 April 2013, 11:30 AM
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Science monitor. Lamar Smith has suggested a new litmus test for all research grants.
Credit: U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

The National Science Foundation (NSF) may soon be getting some unsolicited advice from Congress on how to improve its vaunted peer-review system.

Yesterday, over the course of two contentious hearings, the new chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology floated the idea of having every NSF grant application include a statement of how the research, if funded, “would directly benefit the American people.” Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) said that he was not trying to “micromanage” the $7 billion agency but that NSF needs to do a better job of deciding what to fund given the low success rates for grant applicants and a shrinking federal budget…

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