Day two of poll mania. Yesterday we covered the age of academic appointment to a professorial rank, following a suspicion I had that our readers at the blog skew towards the younger side. So far the two polls (research heavy type, teaching heavy type) are producing picture of most jobs being attained by the mid 30s.
Today we move on to research funding and will ask readers to indicate the age at which they acquired their first research grant under two categories.
The first poll asks about the age at which you acquired your very first research funding as a Principal Investigator. Definitions are a little difficult when it comes to smaller institutional awards that are only nominally competitive but the intent is a minimum standard of regionally or nationally competitive, peer-reviewed research (not fellowship) awards. If you happened to acquire R01-equivalent (see below) level funding as your first award go ahead and answer this poll on that basis as well.
The second poll focuses on what the NIH terms R01-equivalent levels of funding. This includes service as PI (including multi-PI but NOT "Co-PI") on the NIH R01, U01, subcomponents or the overall of BigMech grants (Centers, Program Projects), etc. [ UPDATE: I really should have specified "or non-NIH equivalent" which is what I originally intended. Are those of you voting "Other" meaning that you have non-NIH but still major research funding?]