Every now and then I get a bug up my butt about something and spend some time poking around on CRISP. Thanks to the readership of this blog, I know that I’m not the only demented wackaloon that does this. Anyway, the convergence of grant rejection, paper rejection, general lack of motivation to pick up those two grants that I am turning over in July, and all those fabulous soccer graphs that keep appearing over at Mad Hatter’s site… I did some poking around on CRISP and graph making of my own. Seems like I should have done this little bit of market analysis long ago… but nevertheless.
So, I searched in CRISP using my favorite organism (MFO) as the sole keyword. I printed the list, and tallied up all the R01s funded in 2008 (competitive and non-competitive) that have MFO as a keyword. Then I eliminated the ones that aren’t directly related (i.e. those that have MFO mentioned in the abstract with a list of 20 other organisms and it’s clear that the biology of MFO isn’t being studied in this proposal). Then, I went through the list to see how many of these MFO centered funded R01 are held by ASSISTANT PROFESSORS. I was shocked by the result.
In case you are wondering, that’s 3 of 71 funded R01s on MFO in 2008 were held by investigators at the rank of Assistant Professor (Yes, I updated the ##s when I discovered that I failed to remove two funded assistant professors when I determined that their R01s weren’t directly related to MFO, so it is actually nearly twice as bad as I thought originally). What does this look like for your favorite organism?