On March 3, 2020 at 12:30pm Eastern Time, join leadership and division representatives from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate for a virtual community Town Hall. The Town Hall will discuss a pilot study to implement dual-anonymous peer review for four programs in ROSES-2020. Under this system, not only are proposers unaware of the identity of reviewers, but the reviewers do not have explicit knowledge of the proposing teams and institutions during the scientific evaluation of the proposal.


The four ROSES-2020 programs that will be evaluated using dual-anonymous peer review are:


·         A.30 Earth Science U.S. Participating Investigator

·         B.4 Heliophysics Guest Investigators-Open (Step-1 and Step-2 proposals will be anonymized)

·         D.2 Astrophysics Data Analysis (ADAP)

·         E.4 Habitable Worlds (only Step-2 proposals will be anonymized)


The Town Hall will: (1) discuss the motivation for switching to dual-anonymous peer review, (2) describe how to write proposals that are compatible with dual-anonymous peer review, and (3) explain how dual-anonymous peer reviews work. A separate Town Hall on February 27 is scheduled for Astrophysics GO/GI programs.


In advance of the SMD Town Hall, questions may be submitted and upvoted on at: https://arc.cnf.io/sessions/qg98/#!/dashboard


The Town Hall will be broadcast live via WebEx. Connection details follow:


WebEx URL: https://nasaenterprise.webex.com/nasaenterprise/j.php?MTID=m1dee6af29711d54dce8e7c250f66c4e7

Meeting password: Smddapr2020!

Audio-only participation is available by calling +1-415-527-5035 and providing access code 901 604 462.


For more information on dual-anonymous peer review, please visit: https://science.nasa.gov/researchers/dual-anonymous-peer-review . The slides will be posted to this site in advance of the Town Hall presentation.