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Average proposal success rates for Focus Initiatives (Joint Global Ocean Flux Study [JGOFS], Ridge Inter-Disciplinary Global Experiments [RIDGE], World Ocean Circulation Experiment [WOCE], Tropical Oceans and Global Atmosphere Program [TOGA]/CLImate VARiability and Predictability Programme [CLIVAR], and GLOBal Ocean ECosystem Dynamics [GLOBEC]) versus the "core" Disciplinary Programs (chemical oceanography, biological oceanography, physical oceanography, and marine geology and geophysics) funded through the Ocean Sciences Division (OCE) of NSF. Data from informal program estimates made by relevant OCE program managers, but do not constitute official NSF data.
the spectrum of approaches used by the ongoing programs influences certain metrics such as proposal success rate. WOCE, as its name implies, is a highly structured experiment. The WOCE science plan emphasizes the systematic collection of observations of a range of ocean parameters. These observations form the basis of detailed comparisons and must be both precise and reproducible. A significant fraction of the proposals submitted to NSF/OCE in response to WOCE announcements of opportunity (AOs) requested funds to collect this important data. Proposals to collect repetitive observations often fare poorly in a peer-review