The five stages of grant writing

Oct 02 2012 Published by under Careers, Life

I've been busy the last few weeks with, among other things, writing a NIH R01 proposal. Along the way I got to thinking about the various stages* in the grant writing process...

1) Elation - Woohoo!!! I have this killer, sure-to-be-funded, knock-the-reviewers-jocks-off** idea for a grant! With all the preliminary data any reviewer could possibly want! I can't wait to get started!

2) Determination - Gotta write. Gotta write. Go away, can't talk now. Gotta write.

3) Anger - Funding rates are WHAT?!?!?!?

4) Denial - Who the fuck is going to fund this steaming pile of wombat crap?

5) Acceptance - What the hell. Let's just submit the bugger. They have to fund someone.

* I'm not the first:
** Yes, jocks not socks. It really is that good an idea.

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