In a prior post on the post-submission care and feeding of your NIH grant application I touched on the submission of an update just prior to review:

You did know you can supply an update to your proposal after submitting it right? Well you can. Actually I’m surprised by how few applications I see on my section are updated, given that you submit the thing some three or four months before the review…The point is usually to update the preliminary data which you’ve continued to work on (right?).

The NIH has recently issued a Notice formalizing the “NIH Policy on Submission of Additional Grant Application Materials“.

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Academia, like many professional career enterprises in the United States, is structured in a winner-takes-all format. Many people enter the enterprise at the bottom level, trickle their way upwards, until a relative few make it to the top and enjoy the spoils of true scientific independence. This kind of system is common to academia, professional sports, law, medicine, performing arts, entertainment, comedy, business, entrepreneurialism, journalism, engineering, and most other professional career enterprises.

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