NIH's Center for Scientific Review
10 November 2006
Our resident funding expert talks with the director of the world's largest scientific review organization and asks: Is CSR biased against new investigators?
No More Boring Science
10 August 2006
With little fanfare, NSF director Arden Bement seems to be transforming his organization to eliminate the pedestrian and to fund only cutting-edge science.
NIH and Resubmissions
14 July 2006
An NIH pilot program aims to shorten the review cycle for new investigators so that they can resubmit unsuccessful proposals sooner--but is it a good idea? Also: funding for unconventional M.D./Ph.D. students.
'P' is for Petroleum
9 June 2006
The American Chemical Society has narrowed the scope of the half-billion-dollar Petroleum Research Fund. Also: Funding for science curriculum development.
Water off a Duck's Back
12 May 2006
What's the best way to deal with criticism without becoming bitter or losing your confidence?
Career Reentry and Swedish Postdocs
14 April 2006
The GrantDoctor writes about support for a return to science after a family leave and funding for a U.S. scientist who wants to do a postdoc in Sweden.
NIH Electronic Submission Begins
10 March 2006
NIH is rolling out a new electronic proposal submission system. Will you be ready?
Bridges to Independence
10 February 2006
NIH's new "pathway" program ... NSF's RIG program ... NIH electronic submission
A Young Man Goes West
13 January 2006
For a European, it isn't easy to find a fellowship to work outside of Europe. Also: grants for postdoctoral fellows?
Fellowships for Older Postdocs
9 December 2005
Experienced postdocs still qualify for some fellowships, but to get one you'll have to head off in a new direction.
How to Get a Grant
11 November 2005
The GrantDoctor reviews some of the basic principles of good grantsmanship. Also: NIH's Visiting-Scholar program.
14 October 2005
The GrantDoctor answers questions about funding for scientists overseas.
Smoke but No Fire
9 September 2005
Some of the money states received from their settlements with tobacco companies was supposed to pay for research. But in some states, there seems to have been a change of plans.
NSF Troubles, and Other Depressing Topics
12 August 2005
The news coming out of the National Science Foundation isn't good, and a reader asks, are clinicians more competitive for grants?
Discovery Corps and Other Transition Awards
8 July 2005
The GrantDoctor describes NSF's chemistry-based Discovery Corps program, which may be the only fellowship extant that is intended to help scientists make a transition away from the bench. Also: tropical-disease transitions.
10 June 2005
Is it possible to fund the startup of a lab in a soft-money position? Plus, an NRSA Fellow tries to play the percentages.
Program Officers Behaving Badly
13 May 2005
What should you do when the P.O. STILL won't call you back? Also: preliminary data in predoc proposals?
8 April 2005
What should you do, asks an NIH-grant applicant, when your program officer won't return your phone calls or emails? Also: money for vision-technology research.
11 March 2005
For early-career scientists at small colleges it can sometimes seem as if the biggest barrier to research productivity is the institution itself. Also: Long-term NSF grants.
11 February 2005
A study shows that electronic collaboration doesn't work as well as the more traditional kind. Also: The GrantDoctor reviews the funding basics for foreign scientists in the U.S. in Europe.
Hey Dude, Where's My Grant?
14 January 2005
At least a few scientists who got good scores on NIH grants have been wondering where their money is. The GrantDoctor looks under all the sofa cushions on the NIH sofa. Also: funding for foreign scientists in the U.S.
10 December 2004
From Physics to Biology
12 November 2004
Advice for Grant Seekers
22 October 2004
Funding International Research Collaborations
8 October 2004
Mentorship and Collaboration
10 September 2004
Taxonomy of a Training Program
13 August 2004
Navigating the Transition Award Maze
9 July 2004
From M.D. to Ph.D., and Vice Versa
11 June 2004
Soft Skills and Transition Awards
14 May 2004
Too Well Connected
9 April 2004
Getting a Fresh Start
12 March 2004
Special Neapolitan Edition
13 February 2004
PAs, RFAs, and Other Letter Combinations
9 January 2004
Mobility, Coming and Going
12 December 2003
Crashing and Burning
14 November 2003
HHMI Professors Meet
10 October 2003
8 August 2003
Undergraduate Research, or Undergraduate Research?
25 July 2003
Betting on the Future
11 July 2003
Training and Retraining
27 June 2003
13 June 2003
GrantDoctor Renders Herself Irrelevant
23 May 2003
The solid state of microelectronics research
9 May 2003
The GrantDoctor needs a life.
25 April 2003
11 April 2003
Rosters, Redux ... Fetal alcohol syndrome
28 March 2003
No feedback ... Grants for girl bands
14 March 2003
Good grant karma ... Murder, Most Foul
14 February 2003
NIH program codes ... Research funding for minority undergraduates
13 December 2002
Minority fellowships ... Time off for good science
8 November 2002
Research grants from the department of defense.
25 October 2002
Grants for staffers ... A "K" Klinic, pt. II
11 October 2002
A "K" Klinic
27 September 2002
Ph.D.s, M.D.s and clinical research ... Pissed, or pithed?
23 August 2002
Losing out without losing it.
9 August 2002
Medicinal herbs ... Foreign collaborations
14 June 2002
Equipment grants ... Small-college chemistry
24 May 2002
Research Resources ... Time, not money
10 May 2002
NIH and New Investigators ... Small College R01s
26 April 2002
The GrantDoctor Gets Small
12 April 2002
From Oxford to Cambridge (Massachusetts)
22 March 2002
The Postpostdoc: Present at the Birth
8 March 2002
The GrantDoctor Eats Crow
22 February 2002
8 February 2002
25 January 2002
Men in Nursing
14 December 2001
Loan-Repayment for Biomedical Researchers
23 November 2001
Funding for Fledglings
9 November 2001
Advice for a Ugandan Epidemiologist
10 August 2001
Soft Research on Malaria
14 July 2000
How to Find A Postdoc in the States
28 Apr 2000
The GrantDoctor's Guide to Searching for Funds
13 Aug 1999
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