So this week I had yet another grant rejection letter. It was quite a nice one though. The panel said that I was a researcher they would like to support and had a great track record. But they noted that my project, which got great reviews, was too far away from being applicable to patients. They also not that while tuberculosis is clearly of global importance, it isn’t a problem in Auckland. They are a local charity so while disappointing, I can understand why they have taken the stance they have.
They also mentioned that a minor concern was that I have not published any papers from my time in Auckland yet. I have two currently under review but it was good feedback to receive as I’ve been thinking about what my next Marsden proposal should be on, and been playing around with a potential Smart Idea for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. This, combined with a sobering tweet I saw by Ethan Perlstein, has made me say enough is enough. I’m going to spend the next few months finishing papers and working in the lab. Hopefully that will help address at least some of the panel’s concerns next year!
I’ll leave you with Ethan’s tweet and a wonderful infographic on TB, just in case you needed reminding what a problem it is (and H/T to Paul Gardner!).