Writedit, who supports biomedical researchers at an academic medical center – investigators to whom writedit is fiercely loyal – was dismayed to discover this blog is being devoured by inexperienced grant-writing mercenaries seeking to make a quick buck writing Challenge Grant proposals:
I just got hired by a research 501c 3 on a three month contract to write NIH challenge grants. I’m underqualified but posessed of great enthusiasm. Plus some resources to hire help if I need it.
I read all the NIH information. And I do mean ALL of it. I thought I understood what I’d be doing. Then I read your blog. I am SUCH an outsider! How do I become an experienced insider. This week.
Thanks for any direction.
I would be devastated if anyone I wanted to see succeed purchased such services thinking they were getting qualified help. Please, if you are looking outside your University for assistance with grant preparation, be sure to check credentials and references carefully. Now, writedit is very happy to help the other genuine writeditors of the world, and there are qualified freelancers/for-profit operations out there who can offer real help with NIH and other grant applications. These folks generally have a research background of their own plus funded PIs (check the names in CRISP) willing to confirm said freelancer’s qualifications.
What makes me upset, I guess, is that someone like Ms. MB probably has no idea that careers, in which the PI has already invested years of education and indentured servitude, depend on securing grant funding (as do scientific advances) – this is not just some money-making sideline University professors do to augment their salary. Writedit wants to help investigators reading this blog advance as independent researchers, and I gain more satisfaction from watching such career development unfold at BICO (& prior universities) than from drawing a paycheck. Way more. Okay, off my soapbox and back to the serious business at hand.