There's an online survey, Writedit reports, from the University of North Texas' Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity asking: "What is the best way to incorporate societal impacts considerations into the grant proposal peer review process?" The project, called the Comparative Assessment of Peer Review, is funded by the National Science Foundation to study peer review at three US agencies — NSF, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — and three foreign agencies — the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the European Commission, and the Dutch Technology Foundation. "Probably not entirely what you might expect, but still an interesting thought exercise with plenty of opportunity to enter free-text comments and input," Writedit says.
Peer Review Project
Oct 21, 2010