A comment over at MWE&G reflects a very common misunderstanding of the NIH grant review process. The obviously annoyed applicant wrote:

I was very upset and frustrated by the current review system …
My last R21 grant got a score of 182. After revision, the proposal got “unscored” … I didn’t think at the scientific review officer did a good job.
You spent a lot of time in preparing a proposal but who cares….
We really need to revise the review system…

Many applicants believe that their revised application somehow deserves an even better score than the previous version of the application and that if this does not happen this is evidence of a broken review system. That thinking is totally incorrect.

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Karen VentiiDr. Karen Ventii of the Science to Life blog has decided to stop blogging for the ‘Borg. This is not terribly surprising since she recently defended her dissertation and will be moving on to her new career. I wish her all of the best. She’s a great writer, as readers of her blog can attest, and I expect she will have a fulfilling future in medical and/or science writing. Her blog will be missed around here, but such is the ephemeral nature of blogging I fear, and of course this gig is something less than a professional one.
Meanwhile, the ScienceBlogs has been signing up white guys just as fast as they can. Good thing this AryanBlogs? joker hasn’t updated recently!

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