Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Position filled

Remember that I was applying for an assistant professor position at a university in the US?

I applied for the position in June. A few months later, they emailed my references to send recommendation letters for the further consideration. A few month after that, they emailed me to send my future research plan for the further consideration.

I thought it was going well.

Anyway, the other day I logged in to their website to see what's going on.

It says "Position filled."


It's too rude and unprofessional. Couldn't they at least email and let me know that I was failed or so?

Anyway, again, now I'm applying for an assistant professor position at a university in Japan.

We will see.

Dr. R

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Impact/Priority Score and Percentile and critiques

It's been 5 months since I submitted my K99.
If you go to the eRA Commons website, you will find how your application is going.
Looks like they reviewed my application, since the meeting day for me was on October.

Well, my Impact/Priority Score was twenty-something. Is it good?

You know it's my first submission for NIH so I don't know much about the system, but I guess on their review meeting, each reviewer gives you some score which is between 1 to 9. (1 is the best, 9 is awful) Then they calculate the average x 10.

If all of the reviewers give you 1, your Impact/Priority Score will be 10, which is the best.
If all of the reviewers give you 9, your Impact/Priority Score will be 90, which is the worst.

So, I think my twenty-something is not bad.

Based on the NIH Department budget, they will determine Percentile.

If your Impact/Priority Score is on top 8% out of all applications and if their budget can fund top 10% of applicants, congratulations you will be funded.

This means, even if your impact score is pretty good, you might not get funded. (Just imagine that all of other applications are better than yours.)

This also means, even if your impact priority score sucked so much like 40, there is a chance to get funded. (Just imagine that all of other applications sucked too)

There is a website that people talk about their score, percentile and some facts that if they are funded or not.

Don't worry if you don't get funded with your first applications.
There is a chance called re-submission. Yes, you can re-submit your proposal.

You can improve your proposal based on their critiques which they will give you eventually.

Anyway, so far I only got my impact priority score. I haven't gotten any of percentile and critiques.

Well see,

Dr. R

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I am so relieved!

I am so relieved, I got some unexpected errors when submitted, though.

K99 submission
Another grant submission to the Japanese government
Application to a faculty position
My paper submission

Everything is done!! So nice.

Hope any of my applications will go well.

Dr. R

Friday, June 10, 2011

The due date is coming.

Did you get a great support from your boss? It's so funny that he fixed my writing a lot and lot when I wrote a paper which has been recently submitted to a journal that has an impact factor of 12.
But this time, he only went over my K99 proposal once (!!) and barely (!!) fixed my writing.

Does he care that much about me getting a K99 grant?

Anyway, I just finished the cover letter. Already received a couple of confirmation emails from NIH that two of my references uploaded letters and third reference's assistant told me that she will submit the letter tomorrow.

When will we know the score?

Dr. R

Friday, June 3, 2011

Recent important change

Few days ago I got this email from the University Grant Office.

Referees used to be able to send these letters up to 5 days after the proposal due date, but now they are due the day of the application.

Oh My God. I haven't even contacted 2 of referees. It will be okay, I still have a week...

By the way, I recently applied for an assistant professor position in somewhere. Also applied for a postdoc grant to the Japanese government, and I'm going to apply for K99.

So many thing are going on now.

Dr. R

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Finally my boss read my K99 proposal and gave me a feedback.

It's been almost 3 weeks since I gave my K99 proposal to my boss. I almost gave up to submit my K99 for a due date of June 12. But today my boss came to my bay and we finally sat and talked about my K99.

Well, in Japanese, I believe I am 褒められて伸びるタイプ.
In Japan, we usually say there are two types of kids who 褒められて伸びるタイプ and who 叱られて伸びるタイプ.
褒められて伸びるタイプ is kids who need to be praised.
叱られて伸びるタイプ is kids who need to be jawed. I'm not sure those English words are right ones or not.

Anyway, I kind of wanted him to say "well done" or "this is good", and then he could have said "but here, you need to ..." But instead, he only gave me serious comments. You can easily guess how I'm feeling now.

The due date is June 12. I have a little bit more than 2 weeks to fix my K99 proposal.

Here is a newer guideline for K99/R00.

Good luck to us.

Dr. R

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Kind of done!!

So busy lately, but I finished the 12 pages K99 research proposal just now and gave it to my boss.

When I said "do you wanna review my grant proposal?", he said "not really, haha."
I hope he was just joking.

Also, we finally submit my paper to a journal which has an impact factor of 15 (wow).
Hope they won't reject it right away.

The due date for K99 grant is 1 month away. I think the research plan will be okay, but now I need to find 3 references. I already contacted one and he said sure, no problem, but I still need two other people.
I don't wanna contact my boss in Japan who was my mentor when I was a Ph.D. student, but I guess I need to.
Still need one. Who can it be?

Dr. R