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Chapter 2: The Principal Investigator
The focus of this chapter is the new investigator who wants to become an extramurally funded principal investigator (PI). A new investigator is defined here as an investigator who has not previously received external (extramural) foundation or governmental funding. If the new investigators of today are to obtain extramural funding, they must position themselves differently from PIs of previous years. In fact, we suggest that the new investigator of today cannot copy the career patterns and role models of long-term extramurally funded researchers.
We believe that to develop a competitive application and obtain extramural funding, a different personal and professional strategy is now required. In the past, those who received funding were likely to be full professors, if in academia, or ...