Comments to ProposersWe do not require panelists to submit preliminary comments. However, the primary reviewer of a proposal is required to lead the initial discussion, and the secondary reviewer will provide supplementary comments. We therefore recommend that panelists arrive at the meeting with the notes and comments for the appropriate proposals. The notes/comments should include:
- Reasonableness of requested resources
- Additional comments
- The degree to which the proposal meets the selection criteria.
- Specific recommendations, such as reductions in the scope of the program or other modifications (e.g., elimination of specific targets in cases of competing or duplicate proposals, etc).
- For AR and Theory proposals, the (gross) reasonableness of the requested resources as explained in the budget narrative, and their necessity for achieving the scientific goals of the project. Comments on resources will be used later by the STScI Financial Review Committee in its detailed consideration of the budgets of approved proposals.
You may enter your preliminary comments if you so desire, as well as the Notification Comments into our Web-based review system at: https://tac.stsci.edu/tacreview. If you wish to enter any preliminary comments prior to the review, we have implemented a "Private" Field in the Reviews section for each reviewer that is only visible to yourself. This will help lessen any bias with the preliminary grading process.