Home stretch on October deadline NIH grant & I’m…(fill in the blank)

NIH logoGrant deadlines are no picnic.

Like thousands of scientists around the US, I too am working on a big NIH grant proposal due in a matter of a few days.

If you are also in this boat, how are you all feeling right now since it is October 1st?

How would you complete this sentence:

“I need to send off my NIH grant proposal soon for the October deadline & I’m…”?

Let us know in the comments.

Some things I’ve heard….

  • Drinking more coffee
  • Living in my office
  • Eating more chocolate
  • Fighting blurry vision from staring at the computer
  • Still wrestling with Aim 3
  • Not feeling my fingers anymore, which are numb from all that typing
  • Downing on energy drinks
  • Thinking again that grants should be submitted entirely in video form
  • Literally sick
  • Considering throwing my computer out the window
  • Already aware of what the reviewers will say, but there’s nothing I can do at this point
  • Starting on my grant(s) for the February deadline since I already submitted this one (damn you!)


1 thought on “Home stretch on October deadline NIH grant & I’m…(fill in the blank)”

  1. Paul-
    The only good part of being a study section member- besides getting to see a few friends every few months – is the “continuous submission” option.

    I’m not sure it’s worth it because reviewing grants is so depressing these days, but I don’t need to hit deadlines.

    Another benefit is that while my grants office is overwhelmed every time there’s a deadline, I’m not contributing to their anxiety
    Another down side is that I am stretching my own anxiety over several months- continuous submission leads to continuous grant writing.

    Good luck with yours!


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