Monday, March 2, 2015
My R01 was funded!!! Well, kind of. The R56 bridge award that I talked about in my last post came through. It was funded for one year at almost the full requested amount. This is major for my lab because it's coming just as my R00 funding is ending. We can keep going full steam ahead. This is also incredibly important for me because my university has salary requirements that have to be covered by grants. I was immune from this policy during my first three years, but it's just about to kick in, and now I can actually comply. I even have enough money to hire another person. The problem is that I'd much rather take on a new student or even a postdoc than a lab tech. But with only one year of funding, I can't commit to a student or postdoc. But, I'm also considering using the money I could spend on hiring another person to buy a bunch of pre-designed CRISPR constructs to make a whole library of knockout cell lines for the enzymes we study. It's just really awesome to now have the option to do some high risk/high reward stuff that I wasn't even considering before. But anyway, my lab will survive for another year!
Posted by Jake at 12:20 PM