DEB Numbers: Per-Person Success Rate in DEB


Our friends at Dynamic Ecology posted a little while back about the NSF-wide trends in per-person success rate based on this 2014 report to the National Science Board that provided merit review process statistics across the whole agency[i]. There were several questions in the comments to that post regarding the context for the numbers and how they would look for DEB or IOS, especially since preliminary proposals were explicitly excluded from the calculations in the report to the NSB[ii].

So, we’ve put something together with DEB data to follow-up on that discussion. Our analysis sticks to the general approach of the NSF-wide report with modifications to allow inclusion of preliminary proposal data. Continue reading

DEB Numbers: FY2014 Wrap-Up


At the end of 2013, we presented DEB submission and award portfolio data examining the initial results of the preliminary proposal process, leading to DEB’s FY2013 awards. In this post, we provide a follow-up for the second round of awards funded under the preliminary proposal system in FY2014. Continue reading

DEB Numbers: Community Satisfaction Survey Results


You may recall that way back in the first half of 2013 we invited the community by email and also via this blog to participate in a survey to gauge satisfaction with the preliminary proposal process in DEB and IOS.

The full results of the survey have now been published in BioScience. Our thanks to you for responding to our call to participate in great numbers and to the various discussants, readers, and reviewers who helped throughout the process. Continue reading

DEB Numbers: Where do the various official funding rate numbers come from and why are they different from what your PO tells you?


We have recently received several questions by email from PIs wondering how the funding rates shown in official reports can be so different from what they experience in DEB. We thought that it would be good to post a response here on the DEBrief.

What are the official NSF funding rates and where does one find them?

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DEB Numbers: DDIGing Down into Dissertation Data


So far here on DEBrief, when we’ve looked at success rates and demographics, we’ve generally restricted our discussion to DEB research grants or research grants in the DEB Core Programs.

As we mentioned in a prior post, this time we’re shifting our focus to Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants, DDIGs. Continue reading