"Initial submissions will be filtered based on the descriptive text submitted, to ensure that all ideas get the same treatment. After this initial filtering, we will reach out to chosen applicants and ask for additional information about their submission." From the way you describe how the initial submission process works, that also seems to eliminate or place less emphasis on proposals that lack certain keywords, much in the same way that college and/or job applications contain filtering programs today. I also just received the email announcing the names of the projects that are receiving initial grants. In the email, it said: "[...] there will be additional funding and potentially even more chances to submit new applications." My questions are: how do the proposals get past the filters? What are the common aspects shared among the three proposals for the first wave of grant recipients that made them stand out from the crowd? Having some knowledge as to why a proposal could be rejected or why one excels would be extremely helpful information in planning out how long it will take to prepare materials for it.
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