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Top Ten Things Grant Reviewers Won't Tell You
By Jeya Chelliah B.Vsc Ph.D
By evaluating the applications' technical and scientific merit, reviewers determine whether or not proposals will get funding. In their review summaries, they are required to provide arguments that justify their evaluation. Since reviewers are usually not allowed to provide helpful feedback for the purpose of improving an application, their feedback is somewhat limited. This makes it difficult for scientists to improve a rejected application. To increase your success rate, it is important to look at your grant application through the eyes of a reviewer. Some of the things reviewers usually don't share with applicants, but will help you to obtain funding for your research, will be discussed below.
Why Burmese pythons may be the best way to study diabetes,heart disease and the protective effects of gastric-bypass surgery in humans.
It was the late fall of 2012, and Choudhary, then a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, had become interested in the Burmese python on account of its extraordinary physiology. The animal is essentially a slithering digestive tract: In the wild, it often spends a month or two in silent ambush; then, when the moment is right, it wraps its coils around a monkey, a pig, an antelope and swallows its prey head first. A single meal for a full-grown python may contain more than 50,000 calories, a tidal wave of nutrients and fatty acids that could be deadly to another species. But the python has adapted to the overload. For the week or so that follows feeding, its body turns into an engine of digestion: Its intestine thickens; its liver and kidneys nearly double in mass; its insulin level shoots up; its temperature increases by six degrees Fahrenheit; its pulse triples; and its metabolism jumps. Once all the food has been absorbed, the pythons organs shrink back to their quiescent state.