How to annoy your grant reviewer, in 5 easy steps!

2 thoughts on “How to annoy your grant reviewer, in 5 easy steps!”

  1. Great critique. I would like to see a survey from N>>1 reviewers though to see what the common annoyances and likes of proposals are. The reason being, of course, that reviewing is unfortunately a subjective task, and it would be nice to see if the reviewers at least have an average set of expectations, and even nicer to know what those expectations are.

  2. That would be an interesting survey! I should point out that the most important things are, of course, the scientific or educational merits of a proposal. For the fuzzier issues of readability or annoyance (i.e. the topic of the post), from being on lots of review panels, I think that in a broad sense what most reviewers want are proposals that are clear and well-organized, and that don’t waste their time with puzzles or irrelevant text. Regarding my more idiosyncratic points, I think the considerable majority of panelists would agree strongly with #3. #2 has come up several times. #5 is rare but important when it arises. #1 and #4 seem to annoy me more than most people!

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