Instructions for Proposal Review
Please provide detailed comments on the quality of this proposal with
respect to each of the two criteria below, noting specifically the
proposal's strengths and weaknesses. As guidance, a list of potential
considerations that you
might employ in your evaluation follow each criterion. These are
and not all will apply to any given proposal. Please comment on only
that are relevant to this proposal and for which you feel qualified to
(modified from review criteria for the National Science Foundation)
Criterion 1. What is the intellectual merit of the proposed activity?
Potential considerations: How important is the proposed activity to
advancing knowledge and understanding within its own field or across
different fields? To what extent is the proposed activity
creative and original? How well
conceived and organized is the proposed activity? Is there sufficient
to the necessary resources?
Criterion 2. What are the broader impacts of the proposed activity?
Potential considerations: What may be the benefits of the proposed
activity to society? Specifically, how will the proposal further
conservation and management?
Please provide an overall rating of the proposal as “Excellent”, “Very
Good”, “Good”, “Fair”, or “Poor”. The reviews are intended to be
anonymous. Submit two copies of the review, one that is anonymous
and attached to the paper, and the other, with your name on it, to Dr.
Haddad, by the beginning of class on Nov. 26.
Your Obligation to Keep Proposals Confidential
The Foundation receives proposals in confidence and protects the
confidentiality of their contents. For this reason, you must not copy,
quote, or otherwise use or disclose to anyone any material from any
proposal you are asked to review. Unauthorized disclosure of
confidential information could subject you to administrative sanctions.
Fairness and objectivity
If the proposal is flawed, criticize the science, not the scientist.
Harsh words in a review will cause the reader to doubt your
objectivity; as a
result, your criticisms will be rejected, even if they are correct!
directed to the author should convince the author that (1) you have
the entire proposal carefully, (2) your criticisms are objective and
are not merely differences of opinion, and are intended to help the
improve his or her proposal, and (3) you are qualified to provide an
opinion about the research described in this proposal. If you fail to
the author's respect and appreciation, much of your effort will have