There was a period of time soon after the kick-start of AccuraScience's operation, when our Lead Bioinformaticians (LBs) found themselves receiving many requests from researchers that they assist in writing grant applications; most also asked for a support letter. They tried to help as much as they could. Soon enough, however, they found themselves logging considerable numbers of working hours writing grants for researchers. Stakeholders intervened - and rightfully so, because AccuraScience is a commercial operation that has to generate revenue. Besides, it does not look good in the eyes of the NIH (and of other funding agencies) if AccuraScience keeps signing off support letters without doing much real work...
This is how a company policy was established, whereby our LBs will provide assistance in grant writing to our "existing clients" only - i.e., to researchers with whom AccuraScience has had either a completed or an ongoing bioinformatics project. For other researchers, we have to say sorry.
There are rare exceptions to this policy. One of them occurred in the summer of 2015, when a researcher was working on a resubmission of a R01 application (a promising score was received for the first submission), one of his co-investigators (a bioinformatician) deceased and he urgently needed a replacement.
So do not get us wrong: we do want to help you. It is just that we have to set our priorities right.
If you would like us to help with your grant application, the best way to do so is to start a project with us - even a small one - so that you become one of our "existing clients".
If you are a starting investigator having difficulty funding even a small bioinformatics project, and would like an LB to spend one or two hours giving a "touch" to your application, it doesn't hurt to start a communication. We cannot make promises, but one of our LBs might try to do it at his spare time.
See discussion on the guarantee we offer at this page, and how we assist researchers in manuscript reviews at this page.
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