R1: In accordance with the table on Page 62 of the funding opportunity announcement (FOA), the Merit Review Criterion Discussion is to be submitted within the Technical Volume (20 page limit), subsequent to the Project Summary, so some references could be made between the two sections of this document.
R2: Contrary to the first inquiry and subsequent response, the second inquiry is somewhat different. The Merit Review Criteria Discussion (MRCD) is to be contained within the Technical Volume, which has a separate purpose than the SOPO or PMP. There are bulleted criterion that reference items to be discussed within the SOPO and PMP documents, but the information requested between the criterion and SOPO/PMP documents have different purposes. In other words, any overlap or references between the MRCD and the SOPO and/or the PMP should be minimal, as the MRCD is an element of a different "self-contained" document, the Technical Volume.