Do you mind if I use your bucket?

Jun 26 2009 Published by under Uncategorized

Well, at least I don't have to wait to hear back anymore. The stats on my grant feedback: 6 reviews! Six. Three "Excellents" and three "Very Good" ratings. I know very good doesn't get you shit, but damnit. The primary concerns in the summary are so completely off-base, I don't even know what to do. Obviously I didn't make some things as crystal clear as I should have, but these concerns make zero sense. Of course, the not enough preliminary data crit reared it's ugly head in one of the reviews, with the tacit implication that I basically need to have the work done to show it will work, because I have everything I need to complete it in hand, I just haven't spent the money to actually do it. Well, that ends next week. I'm blowing a butt load of start up on the material sitting in my bag right now (I'm in the airport) to basically do this project. Once it's done and published, maybe I'll get the money. I can't eve fucking write about this right now.

p.s. Never check your grant status while waiting at a gate to fly across the country.

10 responses so far

  • Comrade Physioprof says:

    Hang tough!

  • Professor in Training says:

    Gaaaaah - I'm pissed off on your behalf. The insistence of reviewers to see all of the hypotheses already proven via "preliminary" data is so completely fucked up it blows my goddamned mind. The nature of a motherfucking HYPOTHESIS is that you are proposing to look at something and are applying for funding to do that ... not "here's something we've already proven, why don't you give me money as a motherfucking reward?"Grrrrrr. Safe travels.

  • Anonymous says:

    SIX REVIEWS!!!!!!!! what the fuckity fuck fuck?

  • Mrs. CH says:

    Damn - sorry to hear that! I just don't get this "we need to see your results before we give you money to do this study" BS. I'm so angry for you!

  • Arlenna says:

    That sucks man. 🙁 Come back with a revision that makes offers they cannot refuse!

  • Comrade PhysioProf says:

    The nature of a motherfucking HYPOTHESIS is that you are proposing to look at something and are applying for funding to do that ... not "here's something we've already proven, why don't you give me money as a motherfucking reward?"It is stupid and sucky, but it is the nature of reality as currently constituted. The only thing to do is accept that this is how things are, and try to deal with it.

  • Anonymous says:

    that sucks. majorly.but at least now you know. still waiting.....

  • Prof-like Substance says:

    Unfortunately, CPP is right. It's the current model and being pissed about it doesn't help. It's not going to stop me from being pissed, but I do realize that it's a waste of energy.

  • Professor in Training says:

    I totally agree. It's just incredibly frustrating. And fwiw, your other post summarized my feelings exactly.

  • Mad Hatter says:

    Sorry...that sucks. There really isn't any "good" time to check one's grant status when one gets reviews like that, is there?

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