Research that's ahead of its time

This past year, I had the opportunity to participate in a NSF panel for the first time.  These panels are convened to evaluate academic research proposals.  Panel members review several proposals each, discuss the merits of each proposal in a group setting, and recommend which ones should be funded to the NSF. Panelists’ recommendations are not binding—NSF makes the final funding decision.

Listed below are some of my thoughts about this experience.