When you receive your summary statement, you will know if you are being considered for an award. There is a period of due diligence during which your PD will connect with the PI and the team and request the PI to provide certain certifications and additional information. This doesn’t happen if you are not considered for funding, so you may receive your summary statements and a rejection together.
It’s a bit of a convoluted process and we have noticed the NSF is taking longer to make funding decisions than in previous years. Feel free to touch base with us once you get your summary statement and we can help you determine next steps.
If the PI has extensive experience in the relevant area that can be clearly described, then this will typically be considered as sufficient. Specific successful outcomes achieved by the PI in the relevant area will be seen as a big positive even in the absence of a PhD.