The end of the week is within reach. I am overwhelmed with work at the moment… so this will be only a brief celebratory post.
DrMrA found out this morning that he was awarded a federal grant that he applied for. After submitting in the neighborhood of 20 federal grant proposals and struggling with funding quite a bit in the last 5 years (despite excellent productivity and good journals) this comes as a tremendous relief. This news was so unexpected after a long series of defeats (and not because of lack of confidence- just because repeated defeat can be very demoralizing), that when he said he got the grant I mistakenly thought he just got the reviews – and it wasn’t until he said it the second time that I actually understood that HE GOT THE GRANT!!!
The last three years have seen the beginning of my independent career while my better half struggles with a mid-career funding gap, all while we try to juggle our family life. Both of our extended families have chipped in at various times in to help us during especially difficult periods- for which we are SO grateful. We can handle things if only one of us is without a grant at any one time, but the pressure is tremendous when we are fighting for funding simultaneously. The last three years have been tough on both of us. That’s all I am really going to say about this, because at this moment I don’t want to relive it.
Now, we wait for word about my grant….