Happy New Year! Brace yourself.

Jan 01 2014 Published by under [Education&Careers]

4 responses so far

  • anon says:

    I'm in that "new" category, in which PIs who were recommended with High Priority by the panel can send in a full proposal should funding not come through (TBD) without having to send in a pre-proposal. It's like being in purgatory. Will I be raptured? Or will I be facing the gut-wrenching situation of the project dying because the timing of the field work means that no data this year means that the work to date is lost? Or will I be able to get internal funds in time to salvage enough of the field season to keep it alive? Clearly it is great to get such positive reviews, and I am grateful for that, but this is really worrisome for me and, in some ways more importantly, the folks in my lab. I do miss the old ways and would happily send in a new full proposal this month by spending my entire between-semester break working on it. Not knowing is hard.

  • JaneB says:

    Happy New Year! (Our deadlines were just BEFORE Christmas... phew!)

  • proflikesubstance says:

    Anon, I was sort of in this situation last year, where I had a thumbs up but still was asked to submit a preproposal "just in case". It's not fun, but I would suggest you line up a plan B to get that field work done somehow if the funding doesn't come though. You can make a good case to your Chair, Dean and maybe VP Research to provide some small internal pot to keep you competitive for the next round. It's in their best interest for you to be fundable.

  • proflikesubstance says:

    JaneB, I find the time not too bad because we do have a decent break now to focus on writing. Of course, there's all that family stuff to juggle too, but having non-teaching time to write is helpful.

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