University of Washington
College of Engineering

Date: Thu, 29 Jul 1999 17:08:35 -0700

Mr. Rod Welch
The Welch Company
440 Davis Court #1602
San Francisco, CA 94111 2496

Subject: NSF Proposal #9961176, Com Metrics


Thanks for the kind words. Sorry I've taken so long to respond [to your letter on July 16, 1999] and sorry that I can't devote sufficient time to your proposal.

A quick read gave me two initial reactions:

  1. Eliminate the numerous reference to what NSF support can do for you (e.g. overcome resistance, gain access to the right people, lend credibility) - the issue is what concrete benefits will derive from the project (i.e. what you can do for them).

  2. The big context (e.g. nature of intelligence, reference to religion) only works if you quickly and concretely focus down to the specific tasks you will accomplish, how, and the specific deliverables that will be derived.

The research plan is skimpy and a bit fuzzy (e.g. "Planning on the search feature (objective 1) may entail writing some preliminary code...). You need to let them know that you've really thought this out.

Hope this is helpful in a small way.




Mark Haselknorn
Professor and Founding Chair