Is it asking too much?

May 05 2009 Published by under Uncategorized

A number of months ago I applied for a grant from a private foundation. I knew it was a reach because they don't give out many grants and they almost exclusively fund people at glamour schools, but it was an opportunity. I was surprised that even though the company started by the man who endowed the foundation was and is an institution fundamentally based on technology, that the application process was all hardcopy (don't dare use staples or you will be disqualified!) with CD, etc., etc. Nevertheless, I forged on and sent in everything that they required because I'm the one asking for their money. Almost two months after sending in the application I get an email informing me that they received it and that the decision would be made in April. Okay, a six month turn-around, but whatever.

You may have noticed that April is over. No email. I had checked their website on April 27th and found no news but I went to check their webpage on May 1 and motherfucker if they didn't have the results announced on their home page. I am not surprised that may name was not among the list of awardees, but I am shocked that they did not even have the decency to send out a blanket form letter letting people know that their application was denied. Nothing. not even a Eff U post card cranked out by a machine with the word "denied" in bold red letters. I'm pretty sure that any response is better than them deciding that it's not even worth the electrons to fire off a one-liner email. Again, I realize that I'm not in the power seat here as the Oliver Twist character, but shouldn't there be some level of common decency?

5 responses so far

  • tideliar says:

    Write them & tell them. Maybe the higher ups assume HR deal with it... but your post does fill me with preternatural horror at recollections of job searches past...sending out CVs and cover letters..into the void...

  • Hermitage says:

    That is quite possibly the lamest thing ever. I second the sending of a mildy-disgruntled email.

  • Anonymous says:

    you'll have to define decency. i'm sure it doesn't exist at grant agencies, hiring committees, anything that has anything to do with HUMAN resources. /rant

  • Prof-like Substance says:

    Writing them feels very "sour grapes" at this point. I realize that if no one ever says anything they have no reason to change, but do I want to be "that" guy? Although, the email I got months ago does state "Grant decisions will not occur until early spring. The Better-Than-You Foundation will notify all applicants in April 2009 once the decisions have been made."If "notify" means "please check our website because we have no intention of contacting you again", then I have been notified.

  • Mad Hatter says:

    That does suck. Not sure writing them will have any effect, though. I guess this is the scientific equivalent of "Don't call us...we'll call you."

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