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  •  When you ask researchers for their grant (1+ / 0-)
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    percentiles, remember that in the past few years, in most study sections, about half the grants are triaged, ie not even reviewed.  The percentile is of the half that is left!
    Yet the institutes themselves claim that much higher percentages are being funded.

     I am a biomedical research scientist, who supports his work almost entirely with NIH funding.  When funding got tight under Bush II,  I wrote my senator quoting my "pink sheet" that I had a 12th percentile and was not funded.  Her staffers wrote back quoting the institute's statement that they funded more than 25% of their grants.  
    I never did understand the discrepancy.

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