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Open science, openly arrived at

As an academic researcher I don’t write grant proposals for a living, although sometimes it feels like I do. I need grants to do my work, but I also need to get to work and I don’t consider myself to be commuting for a living. Although sometimes it feels like I do. Having said that,…

Making data available to others

Yesterday we posted on our strong support for open access publishing of tax payer supported research. We are taxpayer supported scientists (at least our NIH grants are) and we consider our work to be the property of the public, who paid for it. Whenever possible (which is most of the time) we do publish in…

Robby, while you’re up, get me a Grant

The Robby in the title refers to Robby the Robot in the 1956 movie, Forbidden Planet, and what follows was a tag line in an ad for Grant’s whiskey: “While you’re up, get me a Grant’s.” That’s in case you’ve forgotten or never knew. I’m still working on the grant, doing things it feels like…

Chilean earthquake and science

There is so much tragedy and sadness in the wake of the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile that to bemoan the fate of research projects there seems kind of trivial. But if you are scientist your heart really goes out to your Chilean colleagues. Jocelyn Kaiser and Antonio Regalado have some details at ScienceInsider, Science…

Most of you don’t want to hear about my grant writing any more, but some of you are clearly interested in one of our innovations (at least I think it’s an innovation; I’ve never heard of anyone doing it on this scale before): the Mock Study Section. So I’ll take a break from writing (actually,…

Why writing my grant takes so long

When I first started teaching as an academic and told my family I taught 6 hours a week, they probably thought I had it pretty easy. I’m also sure they wondered what I did the rest of the time. Teaching a couple of new courses is a big job and it often absorbs more than…

Grant writing

Writing a big grant proposal can be an all consuming affair. At least it’s consuming all of me. And it’s not because it’s my first time. I wish. In fact it’s the fourth time I’m doing this particular competitive renewal for a mega research program I’ve managed to keep continuously funded for 16 years. But…

Jaws meets the grant writer

I’m coming up for air during my grant writing (so far this weekend I’ve spent in excess of ten hours yesterday and today just writing; all the rest of the time I spent obsessing about what I wrote and what I still needed to write), but you know I’m desperate when I start posting stuff…

Well may the world go, when I’m far away

Every two years the US National Science Board does an analysis of how the country is doing on research and development (R&D). While an important measure of the ability to innovate and compete in a highly competitive and globalized world, I have a hard time getting excited about how this is being portrayed as a…

Pandemics and research funding

I’ll soon be at the end of my career, funding-wise, although I plan to continue as an active scientist for as long as my neurons will process information in a logical order. I mention this so you won’t take this as special pleading. I’m not going to benefit from it. But if we want to…