Tag Archives: Grant writing

PMean: The problem with incentivizing

I came across a question, “How does your institution incentivize researchers to write more grants?” that was posted a while ago. I felt it was too late to respond directly, but I did want to mention something in my blog about this. “Incentivize” is one of those awful words that used to be a noun (incentive) but has been changed to a verb to make it sound more trendy. That’s something to dislike from the very start, but I have an even greater gripe about incentivizing. Continue reading

Recommended: A Grant Submission New Year’s Resolution

Michael Lauer, the Deputy Director for Extramural Research at the United States National Institutes for Health shows some interesting statistics on when people submit grants and shows that grants submitted earlier than the day of the deadline tend to fare slightly better in the review process. There’s one gross miscalculation on this page, but the message is still interesting. Continue reading

Recommended: Requiring fuel gauges. A pitch for justifying impact evaluation sample size assumptions

This blog entry from the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation talks about the deficiency in many research proposals sent to that organization. They rely too much on standardized effect sizes, which are impossible to interpret and often misleading. The authors also criticize the Intraclass Correlation Coefficients (ICCs) that are included in the sample size justification for many cluster based or hierarchical research designs. The ICCs, they say, often seem to be pulled out of thin air. It is a hard number to get sometimes and they suggest that you consider a range of ICCs in your calculations or that you run a pilot study. Continue reading

Recommended: Study Development (Kansas City area resource)

This is an excellent local resource for those of you in the Kansas City area. They have guidance on coming up with a study idea, finding funding,  and identifying study participants. This site offers general information and links to resources with Frontiers (aka the Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research). Continue reading