I just had an interaction that typifies my five years of experience working with people on getting grants funded. It was with someone who has the belief that if he just gets “one more piece of essential information about how to write a great proposal” that his grant success will suddenly turn around. While I’ve had a lot of stunning successes – the latest being a client who’d never had NIH funding before just getting notice of his R01 being funded ...(read more)



If you are trying to get your NIH (or NSF) proposal funded in 2015 and beyond by doing the same old thing that used to work a decade ago… you’re likely in for a world of hurt!

I’ve been running this blog since late 2009, and in that time, the changes that I started talking about that have accelerated. More people are struggling than ever.

The typical responses to the current grant challenges include:

Writing more grant proposals than ever, trying to increase the odds through increased ...(read more)



This is a guest post by Robert Finney, PhD.

The new NIH Biographical Sketch format is required for research grants submitted on or after May 25, 2015.  Foremost, the new format represents great potential to enhance investigator credibility – but only for those that understand how to use it to their advantage. In contrast, it can be lethal for those that do not.

The biggest opportunity and highest impact will be on young investigators and established investigators with less-than-stellar publication ...(read more)


Has academia brainwashed you into living your life later?

August 15, 2014

This is a guest post by Stefanie Robel, PhD.

Most of my academic career I have been working toward big longterm goals: my masters degree, my first paper, my PhD, the next position, a Nature paper, a transition into independence grant, the next paper. The list continues… The job as a research scientist is characterized by long streaks of work, seemingly without reward. Oftentimes, we experience a series of setbacks before we advance our projects in meaningful ...(read more)

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Get someone ELSE to pay for MY success!

August 14, 2014

In this work, I see all kinds of crazy things. I label them as crazy not because I want to make judgement. I call them crazy because they lead to consequences that are at odds with the pronounced goals that people have for themselves.

So, let’s say, for example, that someone pronounces: “I want to learn how to get more grants funded.”

Then let’s say that they take it to the next logical step: “I’m going to pursue some training on this!”

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