Need advice on whether to contact the potential PI or not

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Need advice on whether to contact the potential PI or not

Postby P Pang Jr » Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:40 pm


I am PhD student in my last year. I am currently preparing a proposal with a professor, who is my potential postdoc PI, for an external funding. I sent him the sketch of the draft a couple of weeks ago. He said he would take a look when he had time in few weeks. In the past two weeks, I have some new ideas and written up more pieces. I am wondering if I should send him the new pieces or wait to hear from him.
I feel I should keep him updated, but I don't want him to feel I am too pushy. I also concern what if he is too busy to work on the proposal.

Any suggestion?
Many thanks!
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Re: Need advice on whether to contact the potential PI or not

Postby Rich Lemert » Sat Mar 03, 2018 5:31 pm

Give him a call (preferred) or send him an email (less effective) saying "I have some new ideas for the proposal I sent you a couple of weeks ago, and I was wondering if you would be interested in seeing them?"

The advantage of giving him a call is that he has the chance to say "Oh? What did you have in mind?" Keep your remarks fairly high-level at first, and only dive deeper when requested to do so - and even then don't go any deeper than he asks.

If he's interested in your ideas, he will invite you to send him the details. He may even ask you to send him an amended proposal.
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