This is fun. Is fun the right word?

I’m waiting to find out if my big grant proposal will be rejected without review on an über-technicality.

Hold on while I refresh my email again… nope, still no news.

The error was a small omission of part of a section; basically a poor copy-paste job. It wasn’t my error, but I should have caught it before submitting, as should about eight other people involved in this process – some of whose job description is to catch technical errors in grant proposals, none of whom did – but in the end it’s my proposal, and I’m the one who should have caught it.

I may be allowed to fix the error, or I may be rejected on the spot, without even any helpful feedback (which is half the reason to apply for these things – even if you don’t get the funding, the feedback is valuable).

Isn’t this fun? Suspense! (whimper) Hold on while I refresh my email again…

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6 thoughts on “This is fun. Is fun the right word?

    • Wow, they really disqualified you for that? Is there someone you can call – or have the recommender call – to beg for mercy? I never applied to NOAA but when I applied for my NSF predoc one of my recommenders submitted late (their system is set up such that it looks like you’ve submitted the rec before you actually have – you have to upload and then click Save, or something) and NSF let him submit the letter still. A late rec letter seems like exactly the situation for leniency, since it’s not even remotely your fault!

      And thanks for the article! It doesn’t surprise me – my mountain juncos are much more nervous around people than the campus ones.

      • Yeah I called and emailed like crazy for a few days, and when I finally got a hold of someone they said they were “legally bound to adhere to the deadline”…which sounds way too intense for this grant but oh well. I actually JUST heard that a NOAA affiliate in American Samoa sent in a letter of support for my proposal just because, so they’re using that as the second letter! Phew :) I owe that lady a beer (or fifty).

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