New Review Process in NSF Biology Divisions Frustrates Researchers

A new grant-proposal process adopted by biological divisions of the National Science Foundation could cripple junior faculty, stymie collaborative projects, and slow the progress of science, according to the more than 550 ecologists and environmental scientists who signed and delivered a letter to the federal agency this week.

The new process, announced in August 2011 by the NSF'S Directorate for Biological