The recent conversation at DrugMonkey’s place about responding to previous grant reviews has proved very timely; I’m currently working on the first grant resubmission for which I’ve been chief wrangler. There have been some unbloggably hilarious emails pinging around between the various PIs, including much discussion about country- and funding agency-specific conventions regarding the tone of such responses (a PI who trained overseas feels that Canadians are far too polite and passive in the face of bad reviews, and may well be correct).
The chief impact on me, however, has been the recurring dreams about responding to reviews. In last night’s edition, the grant was in the format of a Big Bang Theory script, and I was rewriting it to take into account a reviewer’s comment that Sheldon’s lines weren’t funny enough.
This is rather appropriate, in fact, since we’re effectively knocking at a door while saying “
Penny? Dollars? Penny? Dollars? Penny? Dollars?”
Someone really should scan my brain during a grant deadline week. I’m sure it would prove most illuminating.