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NSF’s Merit Review Digest is Now Available

Cover image of the NSF Merit Review Digest 2020

Cover image of the NSF Merit Review Digest 2020


March 3, 2022

The Merit Review Process FY 2020 Digest is here! The report contains detailed information on the FY 2020 merit review process, which includes data on competitive proposals, awards, proposals funding rates, diversity of participation, data on reviewers and so much more! The report includes statistics over the last 10 years, which allows readers to see how the data has changed over the years. The full report is available here.

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