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Over at the Science Careers blog, Dan Albert discusses how PIs might best prepare for the possibility that their grants go unfunded. "Even in the best of times, grant funding is extremely competitive. Although the achievements of the applicant are an important factor, other determinants are considered by peer reviewers and program officers: ever-changing program priorities, commitment to complex multidisciplinary projects, and concern for talented young investigators entering the field, for example," Albert says.

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