The university continues to show an upward trend in proposal submissions through the first two quarters of fiscal year 2019 (Q1–Q2 FY19), with an increase of 1% over this time last year. However, the total proposal amount requested is down 27% compared to the first two quarters of fiscal year 2018 (Q1–Q2).
The Office of Research and Engagement attributes this decline to fewer proposal submissions to the National Science Foundation (NSF) programs. NSF eliminated proposal deadlines for the majority of its programs beginning in 2018 in an attempt to reduce the burden of the grant review system on its staff and outside researchers. NSF piloted the no-deadline policy starting with a limited number of its programs within the Geosciences directorate and noticed that the number of proposals declined by half in several programs within this directorate following the implementation of this procedure. Continue reading