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Network grant proposal unsuccessful

2 April 2008 10 Comments

I received the rejection letter late last week but hadn’t got as far as posting about this yet. Given the referee’s comments this was not surprising. We were ranked 20 out of 21 proposals that were considered by the panel. This is not nearly so bad as it sounds. The story as that there were over a hundred proposals so to actually get to the panel wasn’t a bad thing in its own right. The other positive thing to take from this is that the referee’s comments were very clear about what the problems were: too much discussion of the type of things we would like to do, and not enough about how we would get more people involved, or how we would disseminate information. Basically it wasn’t focussed well as a Network application, which is not suprising in light of the fact that I had never been involved in one before so I didn’t really know what is was ‘supposed’ to look like.

We are allowed the resubmit the grant in six months time and I would be inclined to do so. The original proposal document as well as the final submitted version (there are significant differences – I needed to cut a lot to make it fit) is still available for viewing or editing and it ought to be possible to re-jig it over the next six months in light of the referee’s comments.

p.s. Am using Zemanta which looks potentially like a great tool in principle for getting more consistency into the use of tags and linking the information up. Something I am very much in favour of. However it appears to have decided that this post is about Volkswagens. Go figure.


  • Sorry to hear that Cameron – next time maybe

  • Sorry to hear that Cameron – next time maybe

  • Oliver Hofmann

    As you said, not surprising, but nevertheless a great experiment. If you plan to resubmit I’d be more than happy to help with the process once again.

  • Oliver Hofmann

    As you said, not surprising, but nevertheless a great experiment. If you plan to resubmit I’d be more than happy to help with the process once again.

  • @Oliver I think as an experiment it was a great success. But yes, now we just need to make it work. Will be putting a marker in my calendar to come back to it. Possibly ask for more money as well seeing as that was one of the criticisms :)

  • @Oliver I think as an experiment it was a great success. But yes, now we just need to make it work. Will be putting a marker in my calendar to come back to it. Possibly ask for more money as well seeing as that was one of the criticisms :)

  • Sad to hear that it didn’t make it. It’s great news that there were concrete answers or replies to why it didn’t. Keep us posted for the next try. And if possible, with a week or two in advance :)

  • Sad to hear that it didn’t make it. It’s great news that there were concrete answers or replies to why it didn’t. Keep us posted for the next try. And if possible, with a week or two in advance :)

  • Hi Ricardo. Yes next time I’ll be a bit more organised. But put it this way. We can resubmit in six months. So I would guess about two weeks before six months is up I’ll remember to do something about it :)

  • Hi Ricardo. Yes next time I’ll be a bit more organised. But put it this way. We can resubmit in six months. So I would guess about two weeks before six months is up I’ll remember to do something about it :)