The most teeth grindingly annoying NIH grant round to submit your application is the Feb/March receipt dates. The reason being that the earliest possible (read, intended unless other things go wrong) start date is for December 1. A trainee comment over at Medical Writing, Editing & Grantsmanship blog is finding this out the hard way:

I really didn’t expect that NIH would be tied up in a way that would push back my start date. Does anyone know if this is a common thing? It seems crazy to me that NIH would just assume that all potential postdocs were independently wealthy and about to handle a funding gap of a month or more. Or is it standard that a postdoc would already be supported by a particular institution even if the NRSA funds are held up? This is quite an introduction to the vagaries of NIH!

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