Call for NASA Peer Review Panelists

NRESS is seeking people willing to serve as peer reviewers for one of two program elements listed under Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) 2013-2014:

(1) NASA Innovations in Climate Education – Tribal (NICE-T)

The NICE-T solicitation is designed to use NASA’s unique contributions to climate and Earth system science, through collaboration with tribal institutions, to improve the quality of the Nation’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education to:

  • Increase the level of climate literacy and engagement of the United States public.
  • Create a diverse, highly skilled, and motivated future workforce in climate-related sciences.
  • Advance the understanding of how to effectively teach global climate change concepts.and

(2) Tribal College and University Experiential Learning Opportunities (TCU ELO)

The goals of the TCU ELO are to utilize NASA’s unique contributions in collaboration with tribal colleges and universities and tribal-serving institutions to improve the overall quality of the Nation’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education. To achieve these goals, NASA TCU ELO seeks to:

  • Increase learners’ involvement and interest in STEM, educate them on the value of      STEM in their lives, and positively influence the perception of their ability to participate in STEM;
  • Strengthen efforts to attract and retain increased numbers of students in NASA STEM      programs to encourage their pursuit of educational disciplines and careers critical to NASA’s and the Nation’s future engineering, scientific, and technical workforce;
  • Provide opportunities for TCU students, faculty and staff; and high school students who are likely to matriculate to TCUs, to engage in NASA-related STEM scientific research and engineering activities;
  • Expand outreach activities between NASA and tribal colleges and universities to increase TCU access to NASA’s unique science and exploration assets and data in the creation of experiential learning opportunities for students;
  • Enhance NASA’s knowledge of the unique TCU assets and requirements, and enhance      NASA-TCU partnerships

Peer review is a critical component of the decision-making process for awarding projects under this solicitation.  It assists in identifying high-quality projects by engaging individuals with different backgrounds, perspectives and areas of expertise in the review process.

Detailed information regarding proposal requirements and evaluation criteria are contained in the solicitation. This document can be viewed through the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) at http://nspires.nasaprs.com.  Select “Solicitations” and then “Open Solicitations”, then EONS, then find NICE-T or TCU ELO under the List of Program Elements.

Prospective panelists will be assigned as the primary reviewer for three proposals and as the secondary reviewer for additional proposals (generally 5-6) to be determined by the number of submissions. Panelists will be expected to complete online reviews in the mid-August to mid-September time frame. The panel review period is scheduled for the week of September 16 and will be held virtually.  Technical and logistic details (including fee paid for your serving on full panel days) will be provided by NASA Research and Education Support Services (NRESS).

Please view the solicitation to determine your interest in serving as a peer reviewer and respond to the following by return e-mail to tribalreviewers@nasaprs.com:

Name:
Institution:
Department:
Position / Title:
Email:                         

(1)  Will you be serving as either a PI or other team member on a proposal to be submitted in response to the FY 2013 NICE-T solicitation? (Yes or No)

(2)  Are you interested in serving on the review panel for this solicitation? (Yes or No)

(3)  Will you be serving as either a PI or other team member on a proposal to be submitted in response to the FY 2013 TCU-ELO solicitation? (Yes or No)

(4)  Are you interested in serving on the review panel for this solicitation? (Yes or No)

(5)  Indicate your area/s of expertise with respect to the audiences for this solicitation:
•     K-12
•     Higher Education
•     Both

(6)  Identify your primary area of expertise:
•     Educator
•     Scientist
•     Evaluator

(7)  Provide some keywords describing your field(s) of expertise: (You may attach your CV to your reply email if it provides detail you feel supports the keywords listed here.)

(8)  Please briefly describe your knowledge of the tribal college audience targeted in this solicitation:

Please respond to these questions no later than July 14, 2013.  Reviewer assignments will be made after the announcement closes. To facilitate the review process, if you are not already registered, please register with NSPIRES (http://nspires.nasaprs.com). Please use the same contact information listed above in your profile.

NSPIRES registration is required to participate in the review process.

If you know of colleagues who may be interested in serving as reviewers, please share this information and have them contact us.

Thank you for your prompt attention and response to this request.

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