Monday, June 09, 2008

Dog Bites Man

As hinted in this earlier post, I learned that a recent grant application of mine just failed. (It was joint with colleagues here and at Warwick, on the general topic of algorithmic game theory.)

Now, I have good reason to be very dissatisfied with the way the grant application was treated, but I won't do the details just now. For the moment, here are a couple of more "philosophical" observations.

  • It costs you nothing to submit a proposal (except in considerable time spent preparing it), and it gets vetted by unpaid volunteers. You get what you pay for!

  • In Fleet Street, "man bites dog" is news, but "researcher's grant application fails" is most definitely not news.

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