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Having recently served on the DDIG panel, I can tell you it is 
impossible to be more competitive.  It already comes down to which of 
the totally fantastic proposals has some tiny flaw that can be exploited 
to drop it below another one.

Mike


On 6/9/2017 3:58 PM, Shockley, Floyd wrote:
>
> A sound idea and something that we have been batting around as well. 
> Another would be to continue to program but make it more competitive.  
> They were giving out 260/year the last 2 years, and that’s awarded so 
> the number of reviewers, panels, and paperwork for the total is 
> undoubtedly tremendous.
>
> Floyd
>
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> *From:*Michael A. Ivie [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> *Sent:* Friday, June 09, 2017 5:56 PM
> *To:* Shockley, Floyd <[log in to unmask]>; [log in to unmask]
> *Subject:* Re: DDIG Discontinuation
>
> One solution that may be proposed is that a single large grant is made 
> to an institution that would be administer the awarding of individual 
> DDIG sized grants.  USDA does this, and I think NSF has done it.  Then 
> NSF personnel manage a single large grant for the total amount, and 
> there are still DDIGs. Of course, the prestige factor might be less, 
> and less total money would be available because of the expenses at the 
> host institution, but half a loaf is better than none?
>
> Mike
>
> On 6/9/2017 3:47 PM, Shockley, Floyd wrote:
>
>     The responses have begun.
>
>     http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/06/ecologists-protest-sudden-end-nsf-dissertation-grants
>
>     ESA is figuring out how they will respond (there WILL be a
>     response), and SysEB and ECN are looking at a smaller but
>     cooperative statement as well.  Just keeping everyone aware. 
>     Thanks to Sydney for making me aware that the article was posted. 
>     It came up at yesterday’s ESA Science Policy Committee meeting so
>     I was aware it was being written, but not aware that it was out. 
>     As I’ve mentioned to several of you that have reached out to me
>     off-list…arguing the importance of the program is not an issue. 
>     They understand the importance.  It’s the workload required to
>     process them relative to the value of the grants themselves (high
>     number, low $ value) so any response we give needs to focus not on
>     convincing them that they are important but on providing
>     cost-effective and low-staff solutions to help with the review and
>     processing side of the equation.
>
>     Have a good weekend, all!
>
>     Floyd
>
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>     Floyd W. Shockley, Ph.D., F.R.E.S.
>
>     Collections Manager
>
>     Department of Entomology
>     National Museum of Natural History
>
>     Smithsonian Institution
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>     Washington, DC 20013-7012
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Bozeman, MT 59717
USA

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