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"Piled Higher and Deeper" by Jorge Cham

PHD Comics Transcript

Title: “The Grant Cycle”

How it's supposed to work:
Write grant → Get $ → Do research → Publish results → Repeat

How it really works:
Do research → Get results but don't publish them yet. Call them “preliminary results” → Write grant to do what you already did → Get $ → OK, now you can publish results OR → Use $ to pay for an unrelated new project