For anyone who is not writing an NSF grant for this round, you might be surprised to note that, as of January 5th, there are new rules regarding post-docs. The text reads as follows:
One of the most significant changes to the PAPPG is implementation of the mentoring provisions of the America COMPETES Act. Each proposal that requests funding to support postdoctoral researchers must include, as a separate section within the 15-page project description, a description of the mentoring activities that will be provided for such individuals. Proposals that do not include a separate section on mentoring activities within the Project Description will be returned without review.
I am all for the proper mentoring of post-docs, but this seems to me like just another thing to put words around in a grant. It's not going to change how I run the lab or how I plan to metor my post-docs. Is this just in here for old-timers who ignore post-docs?
It's actually a challenging little piece to write because my first version came across as though I was heaping a ton of responsibility for the lab onto the post-docs and sitting in my office with my feet up. Now I'm strugling with making it sound like a mentoring relationship without sounding like I'm going to be stalking my post-docs and smothering them. Ugh.