Once a full application has been received by the National Marine Sanctuary Program, an initial administrative review is conducted to determine compliance with requirements and priorities of the application. If applications do not comply, they will be returned without further review.
Applications meeting the requirements of this solicitation will undergo an external technical review. Technical review is conducted by a minimum of three reviewers. Each reviewer will individually evaluate and score proposals (1-100 points) using the evaluation criteria provided in Section V.A in the Full Funding Opportunity. This review will generally involve individuals in the field of environmental education from both NOAA and non-NOAA organizations throughout the United States. The technical reviewers ratings will be used to produce a rank order of the proposals. No consensus advice will be given by the technical reviewers.
The National Marine Sanctuary Program will convene a review panel consisting of at least three regional experts in the field of environmental education from NOAA and non-NOAA organizations. The review panel will review the technical review ranking and comments and discuss the projects as a panel. All projects are taken into consideration as well as geographic distribution, target audience and program priorities. Each member of the panel will individually make recommendations and provide a numerical ranking to the CA B-WET Program Manager. No consensus advice will be given by the review panel members.
The following rubrics are used by technical and panel reviewers for each priority area: