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Follow the Funding, Wherever It Takes You

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Getting funding, no matter how far along in your career you are, is difficult right now. Kevin Morris, who recently completed work in Paris on a shared grant, finds that the money is more free-flowing outside the US, especially in Europe.

Knowing people in your field outside the US is key to getting on foreign grant applications and doing collaborative research, he adds. At US federal funding committees, “every grant is getting triaged, no matter how good or how bad,” says Morris, whose home base is the Scripps Research Institute. “You don’t want to give somebody too much money to do research, but by the same token, you don’t want to tie their hands, creatively or research-wise.”

For young investigators, the hurdles are even trickier. It’s more difficult to get additional funding if you’ve already got it and “to do bigger projects,” Morris says. However, “people [who] don’t have funding, like a young investigator who wants to get funding — they’re in a good position. And they should be.”

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