February 27th, 2015
Around this time a few years ago, I was patiently waiting for any news. Ok, by “patiently waiting,” I really mean “obsessively checking the status of my application online.” For the most recent wave of F31 NRSA submissions—as I’m sure the applicants are well aware—review committees are beginning to meet to discuss and score those applications.
If this was your first submission, brace yourself—you likely won’t be receiving an award notice in your inbox (those aren’t doled out until later anyway). A few fortunate applicants will be awarded on the first round, but the majority won’t make the cut. So next comes the big decision to revise and resubmit your application, or let it go. After getting a “Not Discussed” (see below) on my first submission, I received funding for my application on my resubmission. I’ve shared a few things below that I learned during my process of revising and resubmitting my F31 application.