The Joke's on You

The Edge for Scholars

What makes a funny joke?  What makes a strong grant application?  Sometimes, the same things. In the video below, Jerry Seinfeld describes his joke-writing process and takes the viewer through the evolution of a joke about Pop Tarts.  It took two years, and as you can see, many revisions and rewrites to distill the material […]

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Data Management: Streamlining Your Research and Publication Pipeline

Elisabeth Shook

How can you respond to federal mandates – and increasing calls for research reproducibility – in your research and data management practices?

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TB Research on World TB Day: Yuri van der Heijden

Rebecca Helton, MA

In honor of World Tuberculosis Day, Dr. Yuri van der Heijden talks about his TB research and offers advice to those working toward career development awards.

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What I Wish I’d Known Before I Wrote My K

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Three K awardees share the advice they wish they'd received before preparing career development awards.

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Revising Your R01? There's Free Online Coaching for That, and You Should Get It.

The Edge for Scholars

The National Research Mentoring Network is accepting applications for their R01 Resubmissions Cohort 1, which targets researchers planning resubmissions in July 2017.  Cohort members will be matched with an experienced grant writer for six to eight weeks of individualized strategizing, feedback, and timeline creation.  If needed, a content coach or consultant will also assist in […]

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A Lesson Learned the Hard Way

David Calkins, PhD

Success or failure in grantsmanship often depends on whether your proposal gets reviewers excited

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Who Are You Really Talking To?

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According to Morgan Giddings, creator of popular grant-writing resources and courses, you misunderstand the level at which you need to appeal to reviewers at study section.  While you may think you’re speaking from the cerebral/rational (primate) part of your brain to the equivalent area of theirs, that’s not actually the level they’re paying attention on.  […]

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Even More Cranky

Cranky Reviewer

Bilateral justification is from the devil. It’s a cognitive drain and subtle form of punishment for your reader.

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Why Can’t NIH Study Sections Operate More Like Journal Reviews?

Lisa Pastore, PhD

Why can’t NIH Study Sections have a consistent set of reviewers and consistent critique?

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Ten Insider Tips: What Your Grants Manager Wishes You Knew

Helen Bird

Your grants manager is a key person in ensuring smooth submission of your grant.

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