NIH and IC Assignment

Mar 13 2017 Published by under Uncategorized

It's doesn't really matter who funds you, as long as you have money.

Some people care passionately about this. I think its a waste of energy.


4 responses so far

  • A Salty Scientist says:

    I genuinely did not know that some people care about this. Talk about the scientific equivalent of rich people problems.

  • wally says:

    I've never heard anyone talk about this. That said, I know that as I prep my K99 application, I am looking at institutes to see which pay better and their funding rates.

    One thing I have heard discussed that surprised me is preferring NIH to NSF funding. A colleague of mine applied for an F32, and while waiting, applied for an NSF postdoc. She got the NSF, but not the NIH - so she took the NSF. She resubmitted her NIH application, and got funded a year later. So, after a year of NSF funding, she turned down the NSF fellowship and took the NIH fellowship.

    NSF pays at a higher rate and gives you more research funding - so I didn't understand this. My mentor says that it is better in the long run to get on the NIH's radar.

    • potnia theron says:

      Yes, getting *some* NIH funding can make the next round easier.

      It doesn't replace a good solid application, but at every level (F,K, R) "investigator" is one of the criteria. Having received funding is one way of demonstrating excellence of investigator. I have seen K99's sunk because the PI wasn't productive enough.

    • potnia theron says:

      Also, the NSF v. NIH is an interesting comparison. Few people are as lucky as your colleague. More on this later...

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