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Grant review: best proposal or most needy scientist?
In a few short hours I read nine proposals from graduate students interested in funding for their research. Because this was a focused call, they were largely similar. They all involved field work, natural history, and queries into the relationship … Continue reading
Posted in Awards and prizes, Graduate school, Grant proposals, Grants, NSF Tagged democracy, grants, judging 3 Comments
What you need to do now, before you hear about how your NSF preproposal fared
When you finish writing your NSF preproposal it feels like a polished gem, a crystal so perfect it is hard to imagine expanding those perfect four pages into a full fifteen page proposal. At least that is how I felt … Continue reading
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Maybe you like preproposals after all
My comments criticizing preproposals that also mention community opinion are just that, opinion. But there is a real study on the issue, reported in BioScience, and blogged about by DEB itself, here. They also in their piece give links that … Continue reading
Posted in Grants Tagged early career, grants, NSF, preproposals, Review Leave a comment
Thanks NSF! This site is funded partly by you!
Hey folks, I’m working on a final report for a grant and am reminded that I must both acknowledge NSF support and put in a disclaimer. I view this work as broader impacts for the funding I have received from … Continue reading
Are there secret standards at funding agencies?
Wouldn’t you be horrified to hear there is a secret standard at your funding agency that you could easily meet, had you been told about it? I sure would. It is easy to see imaginary secret standards when funding rates … Continue reading
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What is NSF’s Advisory Committee for the Biological Sciences supposed to do?
When I got asked to be on the Advisory Committee (AC) for the Biological Sciences at NSF, I said yes. I supposed this was an important thing to do. I have been trying to say no and preserve time for … Continue reading
Posted in Grant proposals, Managing an academic career, NSF, Outreach Tagged advisory committies, careers, funding, grants, NSF, outreach 2 Comments
What’s the point of an external scientific advisory committee?
A couple of weeks ago a lot of very busy and amazing scientists spent a lot of time preparing for a day with their external scientific advisory committee. They gave talks, organized meals, showed us lots of charts about who … Continue reading
Posted in Broader Impacts, Business meetings, Grants, Research Tagged grants, oversight, Review, science Leave a comment
Why don’t more panels fund Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants?
What if you write a proposal and get told it does not fit in this panel or in any panel for your kind of proposal? Wouldn’t that be frustrating? It is true that just writing the proposal is a very … Continue reading
Posted in Grant proposals Tagged DEB, Funds, Graduate school, graduate students, grants, IOS, National Science Foundation, NSF, Research 2 Comments
Impress us with your grit: apply for small grants when you are a student
Grit. It is what matters, along with some altruism, intelligence, creativity, and enthusiasm. But grit is what it takes to get the paper out the door. It is what it takes to finish that Ph.D. It is what it takes … Continue reading
Posted in Graduate school, Grant proposals, Grants, Managing an academic career Tagged academic success, determination, funding, grants, grit, Research 3 Comments