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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

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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

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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

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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

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Apply now to attend exciting meeting on social behavior

Have you heard of NAKFI? It is the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative. The meeting 13 to 15 November 2014 is taking applications now and it is about social behavior, most broadly interpreted.  Its official title is Collective Behavior: from … Continue reading

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