Federal Freeze III—Will They or Won’t They?

Long ago—September 29th to be precise—Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KS) announced that Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) and President Barack Obama would take one last stab at negotiating a budget agreement. The threesome—known in DC as old-school compromisers—may very well be able  … Read more

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The Tom Pollard Show on iBiology: How to Get off the Sidelines and into Science Advocacy and Why You Should

If you’re a biologist, you could know Tom Pollard from many places. Maybe as an undergrad you had the textbook by Pollard and Earnshaw. Maybe if you were in a cell motility lab you know the name from key citations, especially around the discovery of  … Read more

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NSF Grants

The NSF is the major funder for science research that is not biomedical. But, like NIH grant applications, writing an NSF grant as a novice is usually confusing and overwhelming. We’ve listed resources the NSF provides to grantwriters in the table below, with links.

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How Grants are Reviewed

The fact is, there are a lot of good grant proposals out there. Usually, there are many more good proposals submitted for any particular competition than there is funding to cover them. Because of this fundamental imbalance, the granting agency must figure out some fair  … Read more

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Standing in Congress—‘America COMPETES’ Funding Bill Walks the Line in a Divided House

Miles’ Law states that where you stand depends on where you sit. Coined by Rufus F. Miles, Jr., an assistant secretary at the old Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) who served three presidents and survived six HEW secretaries, his law was amply demonstrated  … Read more

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House Science Committee Reforms or Handcuffs the NSF? Your Perception Is Your Reality

Earlier this year, the internet went crazy over the color of a dress posted on the web. Was the dress white and gold or blue and black? It looked white and gold to me but the real color of the dress was said to be  … Read more

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Where to Find Research Funding Opportunities

Love it or hate it, your long-term research progress usually depends on grant funding. Particularly for new PIs, getting this funding can sometimes seem like a yawning black hole that sucks in early-career researchers who will never be heard from again. But fear not, because we  … Read more

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