The ISEH Junior Investigator Grant Writing Workshop—a key to your future success!
Obtaining independent grant funding for a new lab is hard. We all know it, but it feels bigger and heavier when it’s your own lab on the line. In 2013 I set up my own lab and submitted my first R01 application. I felt that I had done my due diligence in preparing for this momentous step – having completed 16 (!) years of postgraduate training. I had put the work in and knew that this was the next leap I needed to take to really become an independent scientist. Yet even with the benefits granted to new and “young” applicants, my score on that first R01 fell far short of the funding line. I felt the sting and shame of failure, and it rooted itself in a very dark place in my psyche. Over the next year I worked and worked and worked – mostly alone and in my office, and after a full year submitted a revision of the first grant that I felt could pass muster. I had even paid a professional editing service to help with feedback on that grant. So, when that grant was not even scored,