Annual grant reports

Apr 29 2011 Published by under Careers

Each year I have to write a report for each of my grants. Most, if not all agencies require this, and some (NSF comes to mind) can use these to determine whether or not you deserve the next year's money. Many of my colleagues whine about having to do annual reports. Me, not so much. I don't necessarily look forward to the process, but I do find it useful sometimes (aside from the continued funding). Why?

There's nothing like writing a grant report to put into perspective how much (or how little*) you've achieved in a twelve month period.**

* Hopefully not this one.
** The last year has been a good one in the lab.

7 responses so far

  • drugmonkey says:

    NIH uses this to determine if you get next year's cashola too. In theory.

    In practice I don't know that I've ever heard of anyone losing a grant in the middle of a noncompeting interval due solely to Program thinking they didn't make enough progress....

  • When I first started doing these, I would put together three pages of extensive fucken verbiage with multiple embedded figures with legends and looking all like a real grant application. After a while, I started to get the idea that no one even reads the fucken thinges. Now I just write only about a single page of text, with no figures. I have often wanted to do a little test to see if anyone is actually reading the text: "In furtherance of Specific Aim #1, and in order to test the hypothesis that wablegarble gibbity googer fnarble wheeh generated genetically modified animals lacking all expression of the SPSYQ7 gene."

    • odyssey says:

      I know my PO at NSF reads mine. He once emailed me with a question about something I had written. I suspect it's very PO-dependent.

    • drugmonkey says:

      I was of this opinion, and I still think it is the norm, until I had a PO call me all fronty about what we had been doing and what we were proposing to do after reading my progress report. This was for an R01 and the PO was talking like it was a freakin' U-mech or something!

      The irony is that for once, we were pretty much exactly on plan with what we'd put in the flipping proposal!

  • I have never heard a single peep out of any PO about any of my progress reports *ever*.

  • becca says:

    I will donate $50 to the charity of the PI's choosing for anyone who 1) inserts "email me 'banana' if you read this far" into their progress report and 2) gets a reply