Mar 13 2017 Published by potnia theron 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.
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I genuinely did not know that some people care about this. Talk about the scientific equivalent of rich people problems.
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.
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.
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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