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“Nem di gelt?” or Can Accepting Grant Awards Be a Bad Thing?

“Nem di gelt?” or Can Accepting Grant Awards Be a Bad Thing?

Richard M. Lerner Jun Wang

The famous comedian Henny Youngman summarized his philosophy of life with the Yiddish phrase, “Nem di gelt,” or “Take the money.” Interestingly, academe seems to follow the comedian’s philosophy.

Our developmental-science lab exists because of successful grantsmanship. We apply for money to fund our research, and we are happy when we learn that funders offer financial support for the research we propose to them. Perhaps especially among researchers working in universities wherein grant-funded research is especially prized (institutions termed Research 1 universities), our socialization as scholars has been to pursue external (outside-of-the-university) money to support our work. When ...

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