June 14, 2010
I mean really. You just can’t make this up.
The goals of this forum do not include supporting to harassment of the unfunded by the funded. If you have received funding, or if you don’t see any problems with NSF’s current practices, I honestly offer you my congratulations. Please feel free to leave constructive comments and observations that lay out your views.
But I’ve seen too many internet forums taken over by smug minorities to allow that to happen to this one.
All posts of a judgemental or mocking nature will be deleted as soon as I see them.
I don’t know why I am so fascinated by this guy’s quixotic campaign of complaint about how the NSF is broken because s/he hasn’t yet managed to get funded.
I suppose it is because we have the exact same phenotype of person complaining about the NIH. I guess I feel like hearing the perceptions (accurate or not) that are out there helps me to craft my message to the faculty I run across that are outraged about the NIH.
I always wonder in a case like this just how hard the person is working to get funded. It is one of the things we don’t talk about much. How many apps have you put in to get X number of grants.. me, I’d have to go to Commons. I can’t possibly remember. It isn’t like I could do more than ballpark it if some junior faculty member asked me.
Update: Thoughts from Odyssey at Pondering Blather on targeting your application to specific reviewers motivated by commentary at the “NSF is broken” forum.