When should scientists apply for grants? Does spending more time writing applications pay off in the long run? A paper published in PLoS ONE this week examined the eternal question: To apply or not to apply?
The authors, Ted and Courtney von Hippel, start out by noting that most major grant awards are highly competitive – with success rates of just 20% in the case of US federal NIH and NSF awards. What’s more, although decisions are made by a panel of expert judges, the evidence is th