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According to Michael Spires, grant-seeking scientists ought not to cold-call their program officers, ring them up for the sake of small talk, or otherwise pester them. "All of that sounds like I'm discouraging researchers from calling. I'm not. I'm just encouraging you to call for the right reasons," says Spires at The Chronicle of Higher Education. So, why, when, and how should investigators contact their POs?

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