Who is my funder?

I am very particular and attentive to detail. I enjoy thinking about ways by which to transform theoretical concepts to solutions for real-world problems.

I am a professional with a wide variety of experiences ranging from academia, to industry, to government work.

I enjoy engaging in conversation with scientists and I enjoy translating technical jargon into information easily understood by those from a less technical background.

I do ground-breaking work in my field. I am hardworking. I produce my best work when I receive constructive criticisms.

I am a scientist.

My goals as such are to advance knowledge in my field and to benefit society in so doing. I want to improve the lives of those around me and give opportunities to those less fortunate than me.

I am a planner. I jump into any endeavor with a carefully-reasoned plan based on a sound rationale and I ensure that I will be able to measure my own success.

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3 Responses to Who is my funder?

  1. Bryan Ek says:

    Hello. Thank you for the general information about yourself (the funder). Based on your wide range of experiences, I would try to show the many different applications of my research and with whom I have collaborated. You seem to be especially focused on real-world goals: what I will have to tailor my proposal towards. As you have mentioned helping others frequently I may consider adding a more detailed list and explanation of volunteer work.

    • Angel Smith says:

      Thanks for the response, Bryan! I think what you have come up with sounds fantastic. From my readings, I understand that the NSF has twomain categories to address in almost any proposal that they choose to fund. These include: Intellectual Merit (is the work on the cutting-edge and is the research plan going to be successful? will there be a way to evaluate success?) and Broader Impacts (how will this research benefit other fields or society as a whole?). I think that any way that you can demonstrate your commitment to producing ground-breaking and relevant research and that your results will go beyond just the fancy journals will make your application stronger. I think adding something like showing previous collaborations and making a list of volunteer positions you had is a great idea! I think that NSF wants even for us “young” scientists to demonstrate that we have the capacity to do these things (advance intellectual knowledge and benefit society) even if we are still searching for the right place (discipline/topic) in which to do them.

  2. Carolyn Ureña says:

    Nice post, Angel! I like that you had some fun with the prompt and turned it into a guessing game. You’ve definitely described the NSF, and I appreciate your follow up above. Keeping your Broader Impacts and Intellectual Merit in view is essential.

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