To Clarify 'Merit'

The National Science Foundation is making some changes, reports ScienceInsider's Jeffrey Mervis. The two "subtle but potentially important changes" will affect how grants are reviewed at NSF, and could mean changes as to how the "merit" of the work is defined, Mervis says. NSF's oversight body released a report last month to help researchers evaluate what NSF calls the "broader impacts" of their work, a requirement for getting an NSF grant.

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