Congratulations to the recent winners of the NSF Innovation and Technology Ecosystems (ITE) Feasibility Study for Startup Accelerator Ignition Program! As you embark on this journey, it is important to consider the reporting requirements outlined in the required Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR).
The NSF RPPR
The RPPR directly benefits award recipients by making it easier for them to administer Federal grant and cooperative agreement programs through standardization of the types of information required in performance reports—thereby reducing their administrative effort and costs. NSF RPPR requirements are put in place to ensure that the agency can measure the outcomes of your project and make informed decisions about future funding opportunities.
The role of the independent evaluator
To ensure the accuracy and impartiality of your reporting, it is critical to hire an independent external evaluator. An independent evaluator can provide an objective perspective on your project’s progress and outcomes, which can ultimately lead to more effective decision-making by the agency.
By hiring an independent evaluator, you are also demonstrating your commitment to transparency and accountability (Hey!! we offer this service. See more here). This can build trust between you and the agency, and improve the likelihood of future funding opportunities.
In addition, an independent evaluator can provide valuable feedback and recommendations for improving your project’s impact and sustainability. This feedback can help you make necessary adjustments to ensure the success of your project.
Reporting progress, KPIs, outcomes, and success indicators is a mandatory activity for all awardees to remain in good standing. Awardees will be expected to produce an interim and final report annually. Failure to comply may result in a loss of funding for future project years. Your evaluator can help you navigate the reporting requirements and ensure your reports are accurate and compelling throughout the entire performance period.
Measuring outcomes and reporting back to NSF through an independent lens is critical to success. Hiring an independent external evaluator can provide numerous benefits, including objectivity, transparency, accountability, and valuable feedback. We wish you all the best in your project and reporting endeavors.
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