In 2002, a number of changes to the solicitation language were adopted. First, the indicators suggested for the performance assessment were dropped. However, the RFP called for an additional component, a “Post-VIGRE plan.” The RFP noted: “The VIGRE program is intended to help stimulate and implement permanent positive changes in education and training within the mathematical sciences in the U.S. Thus it is critical that a VIGRE site adequately plan how to continue the pursuit of VIGRE goals when funding terminates.”2 In 2003, similar language was used. It was noted in the section on the data appendix that “[e]xisting VIGRE institutions should also include data for five years prior to the beginning of their existing award,”3 so that the data history for those departments would be longer than what was required of departments not already holding a VIGRE award.

The 2004 RFP made that last point more emphatic and also added a dissemination requirement:

Dissemination. The VIGRE program is intended to have a positive impact at the national level on the mathematical sciences community. Broad dissemination of VIGRE site activities, experiences, and insights is critical to achieve this. Each proposal must include a plan for this dissemination. It is important to disseminate both successful activities as well as information on less successful activities and mid-course corrections.4


Results from Prior Support. Existing VIGRE departments should include a summary of what has been accomplished with a previous VIGRE award. This should include information on career paths of VIGRE-supported graduate students and postdocs.5

The most current proposal solicitations state these information requirements as follows:

Performance Assessment Plan. Each proposal should describe a plan to assess the progress towards the achievement of the EMSW21 [Enhancing the Mathematical Sciences Workforce in the 21st Century] goals. This plan should describe the quantitative and qualitative information that will be used to monitor the EMSW21 activities and determine necessary mid-course corrections. The performance assessment of a VIGRE proposal will form part of the basis for the comprehensive third year review that will be conducted by NSF of the VIGRE sites.


Dissemination. The EMSW21 program is intended to have a positive impact at the national level on the mathematical sciences community. Broad dissemination of EMSW21 site activities, experiences, and insights is critical to achieve this. Each proposal must include a plan for this dissemination. It is important to disseminate both successful activities as well as information on less successful activities and mid-course corrections. A minimum form of dissemination is a web page devoted to EMSW21 describing its activities. The department’s web page should contain an easily seen link to its EMSW21 page.


Post-EMSW21 plan. The EMSW21 program is intended to help stimulate and implement permanent positive changes in education and training within the mathematical sciences in the U.S. Thus, it is critical that an EMSW21 site adequately plan how to continue the pursuit of EMSW21 goals when funding terminates….

2

From the program solicitation: “Grants for Vertical Integration of Research and Education in the Mathematical Sciences (VIGRE),” NSF 02-120, available at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2002/nsf02120/nsf02120.pdf. Accessed June 29, 2009.

3

From the program solicitation: “Enhancing the Mathematical Sciences Workforce in the 21st Century (EMSW21),” NSF 03-575, available at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2003/nsf03575/nsf03575.pdf. Accessed June 29, 2009.

4

From the program solicitation: “Enhancing the Mathematical Sciences Workforce in the 21st Century (EMSW21),” NSF 04-600, available at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04600/nsf04600.pdf. Accessed June 29, 2009.

5

Ibid.



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