When I entered the NIH (National Institues of Health) game, one of the very first things I did was read every single fucken word I could find about grants on the NIH Web site and its various relevant components: OER (Office of Extramural Research), CSR (Center for Scientific Review), OD (Office of the Director), and the various IC (Institutes and Centers) Web sites. There is a *huge* amount of information there. I mean, did you know that you can read the motherfucken minutes of every motherfucken Council meeting for every motherfucken IC?
The fact that so few people do this is pathetic, especially given that we are all supposed to be scientists: those who systematically direct their curiosity to discover everything they can about an object of inquiry. And one would think that the success of one’s own career–especially in an environent that everyone understands is more brutally competitive than it has ever been before–would be a particularly interesting object of inquiry.
I’ve never understood this.