Opinion: Are senior scientists better writers?

An NIH-funded researcher disagrees with the notion that shorter NIH grant applications will favor more experienced investigators

Morgan Giddings
Dec 16, 2009
The argument that new, shorter NIH grant applications will favor more experienced investigators (an idea presented in a linkurl:recent story;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/56209/ on __The Scientist__'s site) assumes that senior scientists are better writers, and that the new format favors better writers because they will have to express themselves much more concisely. The shorter format provides less than one half of the space of the original, so writing will have to be more compact.But the assumption that senior scientists are better writers is not supported by solid facts or evidence. The most successful senior scientists are certainly more experienced at writing grant proposals in the old format, but there are plenty of senior scientists who have no NIH grant funding, either because they couldn't get it or haven't tried.
Image: Morgan Giddings
Amongst those who are experienced and have successfully attracted NIH funding, there is a lot of angst over how to write...





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