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[Computational Complexity] The NSF Annual Report

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  • Lance
    The NSF has been getting very strict about having PIs (primary investigators) fill out an annual report listing publications and activities related to their
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 30, 2009
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      The NSF has been getting very strict about having PIs (primary investigators) fill out an annual report listing publications and activities related to their grants. The report is due 90 days before the anniversary of the start of the grant, so if you have a grant that started in the fall you are probably getting notices reminding you that your report is now overdue. 

      There are few academic tasks more painful than filling out annual grant reports but best to just grit your teeth and do it or the NSF could cut off your money. Would you rather the alternative, not having to do a report because you don't have a grant?

      Annual reports are used more for gathering information than for evaluation so you don't need to worry about the style as much as you might for a grant proposal. 

      There is one confusing part of the reporting system on NSF Fastlane: There are separate sections for conferences and publications. Most of our conferences don't show up under conferences so best to just list your other conference papers as proceedings in the publications section, probably under "Books or Other One Time Publications".

      Fastlane reporting is a one-size fits all system so it is not well designed for the way computer science handles conferences. But we computer scientists always know how to implement the Kludge.



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      Posted By Lance to Computational Complexity at 6/30/2009 08:39:00 AM
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