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NSF's New Funding Mechanism: Ideas Lab

Posted Date: 1/22/2015 9:57 AM

Content Categories: Policies-Guidelines-Procedures\NSF

Subject: NSF's New Funding Mechanism: Ideas Lab

NSF's Ideas Lab and Revised Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide

To: Faculty

From:​ Christa Johnson, PhD
          Assistant Vice Chancellor for Sponsored Research Services


Colleagues:

As many of you may already be aware, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has developed a new funding mechanism called “Ideas Lab.” As a follow-up to their announcement, NSF has now revised its Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) to support this new funding mechanism.

As a reminder, the "Ideas Lab" is “a funding mech
anism designed to support the development and implementation of creative and innovative project ideas that have the potential to transform research paradigms and/or solve intractable problems. An Ideas Lab may be run independently, or in parallel, with the issuance of an NSF funding opportunity on the same topic. These project ideas typically will be high-risk/high-impact, as they represent new and unproven ideas, approaches and/or technologies. This mechanism was developed collaboratively within NSF, modeled on the "sandpit" workshops that are a key component of the United Kingdom Research Council’s "IDEAs Factory" program.”

As outlined in the PAPPG, the implementation of the Ideas Lab mechanism is a four-stage process:
Stage 1: Selection of Panelists
Stage 2: Selection of Participants
Stage 3: Ideas Lab
Stage 4: Review and recommendation of full proposals

Invited proposals
will be reviewed internally by the cognizant NSF Program Officers, the Ideas Lab panelists, and other external reviewers, as appropriate. Resulting awards will be administered in accordance with standard NSF policies and procedures, including no-cost extensions and supplemental funding requests. Renewed funding of an Ideas Lab award may be requested only through submission of a full proposal that will be subject to external merit review. Such proposals would be designated as an "Ideas Lab renewal."

http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf15001/gpg_2.jsp#IID3​

For questions
 contact:
Christa Johnson, PhD
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Sponsored Research Services
(314) 747-5385
christajohnson@wustl.edu​​​

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