Norman es miembro de Grupo Fundación Nacional de Ciencias de la opinión
30 de de marzo de, 2017 por Gwen Verde
consultor de innovación de ASBTDC, Rebecca Norman, estaba en el otro lado del proceso de revisión de propuestas SBIR / STTR por primera vez el mes pasado.
En su papel como consultor de innovación del centro, Norman helps Arkansas entrepreneurs and companies develop Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer federal funding proposals. Marzo 16, she served on a National Science Foundation SBIR/STTR Phase I review panel in Arlington, Va.
DR. Anna Brady-Estevez, the agency’s SBIR/STTR program manager, invited her to participate.
The experience gave Norman “an enhanced understanding of the key considerations that are weighed during proposal evaluation and how the panelists converse with each other to arrive at a consensus,"Ella dijo.
Norman’s panel focused on the research topic “Environmental Sensing, Monitoring, and Modeling.” They considered the technical and commercial strengths and weaknesses de 14 proposals and suggested rankings for funding consideration, while also giving all applicants meaningful feedback.
Each panelist served as lead reviewer and scribe for three proposals, reviewing and ranking others prior to the session.
Even proposals with great commercial potential also need to be technically strong, Norman observed. “Although preliminary data is not required for NSF SBIR/STTR proposals, most reviewers do want to see that there is sound technical backing for a proposed approach and that applicants have considered the full range of factors that technologies would be exposed to in a real-world environment,"Ella dijo.
Norman enjoyed her first turn as a commercial reviewer and hopes for additional review panel opportunities with NSF or other agencies. “It was a great learning experience that I can use to benefit future Arkansas SBIR/STTR applicants.”