On E. coli, super soil bacteria, and Hank Williams Jr.

Early this week, grant application; yesterday and today, IRB and IACUC for another project. But once again, fellow Sbers are keeping me busy reading about stories I'd like to be writing on; see yet again Mike on E. coli O157:H7--everything old is new again; Ed on a new study showing yet again how amazing bacteria are; and DrugMonkey discussing heroin addiction as a family legacy, and notes that this sad story again shows that Narcan saves lives.

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I must say, turning in a grant AND being engaged in other activities seems very impressive to me at the moment... I'm struggling with just completing a grant, but that alone provides more empathy than I can contain: Woot! Congratulations on getting the grant in!

Today I submitted mine to the officials living in the second circle of administratia... time will tell if it is passed to the third.


Why do grants have to be a load of paperwork.I wih they had a simpler online process which would shoot grant request to both private and governmental sources

Unfortunately, everyone (private and government) wants something different in the application. For instance, because by law, every grant sent to NIH must undergo peer review they have to be complete as submitted. Private Foundations have the luxury of asking for 1-2 page outlines that can then be reviewed in house with invitations for full applications requested for the select few.

Also, by law NIH has to consider the standard five review criteria for applications. Private foundations do not have that limitation either.

Why do we have these, and many other, laws governing how NIH works? Ask the PIs who complained to congress 20-30 years ago for just these changes.

On the plus side all of the Federal Government grant submissions are supposed to use Grants.gov, eventually. One stop shopping for $$$.