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Polish Before Submitting

Posted on July 29, 2013

Natalie L. Rasgon (bio) reinforces the importance of thoroughly preparing a K award application.

 

One of the actual pitfalls of writing a career development award — and I will emphasize it from both the standpoint of being a mentor and being in the study sections — is people rush to submit the K award and do a lousy job at that. It's not fully polished. It's not fully spelled out in terms of aims and hypothesis. Sometimes the plans are too ambiguous and vague, and it's really, really wasteful. It's wasteful of the person who is writing, their time, it's wasteful of the mentor's time, and it's wasteful of the study section review, and actually it drastically decreases the opportunity to be funded.

So I always advise junior investigators to do a spectacular job and to be 2,000 percent sure that there's nothing they can add to improve on their career development award before they submit it.

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Excerpted from interview with researcher at the 2013 Career Development Institute for Psychiatry in Palo Alto, CA.

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