Debbie Knight

A Day in the Life: September 27, 2012

In A Day in the Life on September 27, 2012 at 2:59 pm

From time to time, I will give a glimpse into the “glamorous” life of a research associate and talk about what I’m doing in the lab. These entries I will call “A Day in the Life…” 

Yesterday we got word that our grant proposal did not get funded.

Sad news for us, especially since this was the second (and final) time the proposal was submitted.

But with current pay lines at something like the 6 percentile, most grant proposals do not get funded.

I think what stung the most was the proposal was not even scored.

This means that the two or three scientists who were assigned to thoroughly read and evaluate the proposal did not think it was worth further consideration by the other scientists in the panel. The panel is often called a study section.

While it is technically a collective decision, the assigned reviewers wield quite a bit of sway because they have read the proposal in more depth than the rest of the scientists in the study section. So if your proposal failed to razzle-dazzle the reviewers, you don’t make the cut.

So while we thought we had a great research idea, there were scientists out there who didn’t agree.

Such is the way of research.

So, for now, it’s back to the proverbial drawing board.

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