Peer Behind the Study Section Curtain

The Edge for Scholars

Register for the Mock Study Section at Translational Science 2017. All pre- and postdoctoral trainees as well as early career faculty can participate in the Mock Study Section at Translational Science 2017.  …

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Managing a Budget as a New Investigator

Rebecca Helton, MA

Got your R and the realities of budget management sinking in? Want to prepare yourself financially to get to that R? Three newly independent investigators at Vanderbilt shared their wisdom …

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Three (Grant) Peeves in a Pod: Check Yourself

Cranky Reviewer

Reviewers review. We will notice. These fresh mistakes straight from study section: 1.) Please agree with yourself. If the abstract says n = 110, the aims say 100, the statistical section says 110, and the …

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Write Like a Boss: Five Minutes to Better Science Writing

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

If your writing is starting to look a little frayed around the edges and lacking that enthusiastic zing you had when you first got to the keyboard, its time for …

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Finally! Data on What Study Section Really Cares About

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

In 2009, NIH revamped their scoring system asking reviewers to provide numbers ranging from 1 (best) to 9 (worst) assessing applications Environment, Investigator, Innovation, Approach, and Significance. NIH has emphasized Innovation (insert jazz …

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Buckle Your Seatbelts, Motherf*$%ers...This is How You Start a Grant

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Fighty Squirrel’s ninja-in-training Amy Palubinsky sent me this fabulous bit of prose she found on the interwebs. I absolutely believe all specific aims pages should be at least this …

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A Grant Submission New Year's Resolution

The Edge for Scholars

Half of us make new year’s resolution, but fewer than 1 in 10 succeed.  Many of these resolutions involve getting over a tendency to procrastinate.  NIH’s Deputy Director for Extramural …

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Friday Fighty Squirrel's Academic Science News: It Ain't Your Money, Kid

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Let’s give it up for the House of Representatives passing the 21st Century Cures Act earlier this week putting some much needed funding into NIH. The bill lost some …

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Three (Grant) Peeves in a Pod: Formatting

Cranky Reviewer

Ever since the holy trinity important things have come in threes—listen up. Every study section I have been in for years includes the complaint that certain grant authors: 1.) Cheat …

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NIH Director, Time to Bring Science to the People American Ninja Warrior Style

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

The best problems in science and medicine are solved over a delicious cocktail. Cocktails release dopamine. Alcohol an awesome preconditioning agent against subsequent stress and is a lot better than …

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