Reviewers will use a point system that weights the relative importance of each category and allows for direct
comparison of multiple proposals. All proposals must satisfactorily address all of the following
requirements and must include all of the requested application materials to be considered for funding. The
panel may decide to partially fund proposals.
Proposals will be evaluated based on their:
1) Potential to expand access (35 points)
Extent to which the project provides new opportunities for underrepresented students to engage, and be
trained and educated in, geochronology. This includes a viable recruitment and retention plan.
2) Project design (35 points)
General likelihood that the project will be able to achieve the project goals. This includes the strength of
the project’s proposed support plan for the students (e.g., interaction with mentor/PI, professional
development). Priority will be given to projects that emphasize authentic research experiences for the
3) Science motivations (15 points)
How compelling is the science motivation and how well is it aligned with NSF Earth Sciences priorities
This may include
geoscience education motivation questions. The feasibility of the proposed science within the project
timeframe will be considered.
4) Coordination, timeline, and budget (15 points)
Evaluation of the proposed timeline and budget, specifically considering the time required for project
implementation and completion. This criterion relies partially on good coordination between the proponent
and any partners, evaluated based on the proposal and any support letters.