May 25, 2012
Well, my story is I'm a Cancer Research Scientist. I'm in the trenches, working on cervical cancer. I applied for an ACS grant and received glowing reviews with words like "outstanding" and "remarkable." Yet, when it came down to approval and funding, they hem and hawed and made excuses and put my grant on a waiting list called "Pay If," which I take to mean "Pay if pigs fly" or something like that. I never got an funds from ACS, only a nice pat on the back. After talking with the program officers, it became clear he is battling a bloated system that retains funds rather than gets them out to Cancer Researchers. Also, there is extreme bias in the distribution of ACS funds by state. So states like Texas get a lions share of the grant money. The bottom line is that this a terrible waste and causes more misery for us scientist by stringing us along. If you want research to be done give funds to a research program that you have an interest in. I am seriously concerned about the future for cancer research in this country .
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