The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Division of Earth Sciences announces that deadlines for submissions of proposals to its programs are August 15, 1986, and January 15, 1987. Proposals received after these deadlines may be returned unreviewed or, in some cases, be held for the next review cycle. Proposals received at NSF after the deadline dates will not be eligible for consideration at the subsequent panel meeting.
Previously, the division had accepted for evaluation proposals at any time throughout the year, although preferred target dates were often announced. Specifying deadlines ensures that proposals receive adequate peer review prior to panel meetings, according to Alan Gaines, program director for volcanology and mantle geochemistry. Although the change followed in the wake of Gramm-Rudman-Hollings, it was not a result of recent budgetary constraints. NSF expects that the number of proposals funded will remain approximately the same.