The value of panel service

Mar 11 2013 Published by under [Education&Careers]

As much as it is really important to see "how the sausage is made" and get to DC to talk to POs, there is tremendous value in serving on a panel even before you travel to NSF. If you are serving on a panel that you have or will submit to, it is critical to read every proposal while thinking "what does my proposal have that will get it selected ahead of these?" I am currently reading proposal after proposal of incredible science communicated clearly. There's a lofty bar in this panel and I am getting a much better feel for where it is at.

It's both energizing and terrifying at the same time.

3 responses so far

  • I learned more about grantsmanship sitting on study section than at all the seminars and books and senior advice. Look at every proposal and think "what is one thing that this person did that was really good in terms of conveying their message" and "what is one crappy mistake I will never ever ever make again"

  • newProf says:

    Is it reasonable to offer to sit on these panels before having ever been funded by them, or having received much funding in general? I'm soon to start a tenure-track position. I'm unsure how appropriate such a request would be (and to whom I'd direct it) or how I might pitch it to increase my odds of being picked.

  • proflikesubstance says:

    Yes, it is absolutely a reasonable request. Find the program that fits you best and contact the POs.

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