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Fwd: Re: Do people need help with proposal writing? Glenda Brown 24 Apr 1998 09:19 EST


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From:           "Sally Eckert-Tilotta (Sally Eckert-Tilotta)"
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Bob pretty well expressed my sentiments on the subject.  If there is reason to be concerned about the PI not being the author of the proposal, then a number of researchers are in trouble.  It is not uncommon to require post-docs (and grad students, although I don't think that practice is as common) to write proposals to support their work, and these are submitted under the researcher's name .***************************************************Sally Eckert-Tilotta, PhD, Assistant to the DirectorOffice of Research and Program DevelopmentUniversity of North DakotaGrand Forks, ND  58202email:  xxxxxx@mail.und.nodak.edutel:  701-777-2049fax: 701-777-2504>>> Bob Beattie <xxxxxx@UMICH.EDU> 04/24 8:03 AM >>>See full text of original message below but consider this comment:"...the PI signing theproposal could be guilty of misconduct by assumingresponsibility for the work of another. "What is the "work" in question?  The proposal is a descriptionof a project to be done.  C!
annot anyone write the descriptionas long as the person(s) indicated in the description actuallycarries out the project?  While I would agree with many of thosewriting earlier that faculty should be able to write their ownproposals, I can see circumstances where collective writingor even primary writing by someone other than the PI might be needed.Is a proposal to be awarded based on the quality of the proposalwriting or on the merits of the project and the ability of thoseproposed to do the project.  I think the latter two.  True, thequality of the proposal writing might be an indicator of theabiltiy of the PI to do the work; a vita better indicates thatpersons cabability.  In situations where a number of faculty, fromdifferent units, are collaborationg in a large project, is it notusually the case that only one person would "write" the proposal.Anyway, I cannot support the position that a PI must be theauthor of a proposal as long as the PI can and will do thework described.!
Bob BeattieResearch Development and AdministrationThe University of xxxxxx@umich.edu_______________________________________________________________________________>From: Research Administration Discussion List on Thu, Apr 23, 1998 5:47 PM>Subject: Do people need help with proposal writing?>To:>>     I believe there is no question that assistance in reviewing and>editing of professional papers and proposals is an accepted and valuable>practice.  However, I would like to raise a slightly different issue that I>think needs to be considered.  If a proposal is written largely by one>individual and another signs it as the PI, then I think the PI signing the>proposal could be guilty of misconduct by assuming responsibility for the>work of another.  I know that "ghost writing" is a generally accepted>practice, but I believe it should be avoided for many reasons, including>this one.>>>Terry A. May, Ph.D.                       Voice:    520-523-6788>  Direct!
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