Convo on teh twits:
Stunned noobPI that they needed to be checking your standing study section roosters. http://t.co/iNUNbH1qsV
— Namaste, Ish(@Namaste_Ish) January 29, 2015
.@Namaste_Ish you know new PIs that don't know to check study section rosters? Srsly?
— Drug Monkey (@drugmonkeyblog) January 29, 2015
— Anne Carpenter (@DrAnneCarpenter) January 29, 2015
Why? Because while you will not know who you reviewers are, everyone on the SS has a vote on your grant. You need to know who is evaluating you. You need to read at least abstracts of their pubs. You need to know what meetings they go to.
Now this may be distasteful playing of the game to you. You may feel that this kind of politics is beneath you, and lacking in honor. Fuck that shit.
Do you want to be funded or not? There is a meeting I go to, not every year, but every so often. Lots of people on my study section show up. I hope they come to my /my students talks. I certainly go to theirs. I keep track of what they are working on. One of the most damning critiques of a proposal is "this has been done before and obviously this PI is less than rigorous in their review of the literature".
Finally, this is a way to learn something new. Get out of your little warm intellectual pigpen, and think about new ideas. You do not need to waste a lifetime reading their stuff/going to meetings. But, folks, this is a team sport. You belong to a community. The benefits may not be immediately obvious, and the help may be down the road, but its there.