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Chapter 9: Relationships and Interactions
This chapter introduces the complex area of human relationships and interactions. The focus here is not on all relationships but on those we believe are important if potential investigators are to be successful in developing a competitive application. Although the first part of the chapter is concerned with relationships and interactions in general, the second part focuses on selected professional contacts and relationships. We believe that each contact is important for the new investigator. Contacts made while developing project ideas and applications can grow into relationships that foster continued professional collaboration.
In a professional context, there are no contacts with others that can be considered “throwaways.” They all count. Whether the contact is by telephone, FAX, e-mail, letter, manuscript, ...