Pop Quiz: Get ALL The Grants
I spent the other day in two very enlightening grant-writing workshops at my university. I went along with my fellow faculty members to pick up some tips and tricks to finding grant money, federal and private. Since I’m in my first postdoc, this is the time when I’m starting to write grant applications. In fact, grants keep CosmoQuest, the citizen science project that I work for, alive.
An example university presented to us had about one-third of eligible faculty actively working on grant applications and one quarter of its faculty at least partly supported by grants. I’m not sure how typical this is of universities across the US, or of any particular class of university. I do know that my current position is entirely grant funded, as are most graduate students in the sciences.
As state budgets are cutting back on support to state universities, and private universities are finding it harder to raise tuition, faculty across the US are being encouraged more and more to find outside sources of funding to keep universities going, pay for students, and cover summer salaries. However, on the federal level, budgets are also tightening, making grants much more competitive. I’d consider acceptance rates for any particular grant program of about 20% to be GOOD chances. There is a lot of work to be done in writing grant proposals, but it is becoming more and more the way to survive in academia.
Are you madly writing grant applications? Are you supported by grants, or support your students or staff that way? Do you have an good grant-writing tips?
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P.S. This is not the only parody version of “Fund Me Maybe” out there, but it’s the only astronomy-centric one that includes me dancing badly.
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