AI CIRCLS Mock Review Panels

Join the Expertise Exchange: AI and Ed Policy

The Center for Integrative Research in Computing and Learning Sciences (CIRCLS) supports the Research on Emerging Technology for Teaching and Learning (RETTL) program at the National Science Foundation (NSF). The Artificial Intelligence community in CIRCLS (AI CIRCLS) will be hosting a series of mock review panels in 2023 aimed at providing community members with more experience with reviewing NSF grant proposals related to emerging educational technologies (see awarded RETTL projects). Researchers will come together across disciplines to connect with others who have similar interests and to practice providing constructive critique on specific grant proposals. They will discuss broader themes related to emerging ideas in AI and edtech, and converge on ways to best communicate such ideas. This effort will serve to identify elements that generate strong proposals for submission to NSF.

Review panels will occur in April and May 2023. Each review panel will involve a single 3-hour long session (designed to be a standalone event) and will require participants to read 2 grant proposals and draft reviews prior to the sessions. Sessions will involve opportunities for networking and general discussion on themes related to emerging educational technology. AI CIRCLS will facilitate professional development prior to starting the panels and a reflection session after all panels are done.

Applications are encouraged from anyone interested in participating, including: PhD candidates, post doctoral researchers, and researchers from academia, industry, or the nonprofit sector. Researchers who identify as members of historically underrepresented groups in STEM are strongly encouraged to apply, especially those from HBCUs, HSIs, TCUs, and other MSIs. There will also be a Fellows tier with additional requirements, which will afford more professional development and the synthesis and dissemination of ideas emerging from panel discussion. Priority for the Fellows tier will be given to individuals who are not yet affiliated with the RETTL community, and a stipend will be awarded for participation. If you would like to participate, submit an application by April 5, 2023 and continue to check this page for updates on the status of this initiative.

Fellows Tier Description

Fellows will be PhD candidates or early career scholars with disciplinary expertise in an area related to technology or learning, who would be excited to engage in a more sustained way with the review process. Priority for the Fellows tier will be given to individuals who are not yet affiliated with the RETTL community, and a stipend will be awarded for participation. This opportunity will also include travel/accommodation for the CIRCLS 23 Convening (no cost), which will take place November 2-3, 2023 in Alexandria, Virginia.

Program Requirements:

  • Attend: (1) a pre-panel preparation meeting, (2) two mock review panel sessions, and (3) a post-panel reflection meeting
  • Complete a 15-minute reflection activity immediately following each meeting and panel session
  • Participate in 2 additional 90-minute professional development sessions
  • Collaborate on a manuscript to be shared during CIRCLS’ 23 Convening and disseminated broadly through the CIRCLS network

Overall Benefits of Participation in Fellows Tier:

  • Support with grant writing and related professional development sessions
  • Interaction with experienced participants including former PIs and/or reviewers
  • Networking to build collaborative relationships and share interdisciplinary ideas
  • The opportunity to publish scholarly or creative work
  • Invitation with stipend to attend the CIRCLS’ 23 Convening