Does anyone here know of a good way to list an awarded grant on their CV that they are not 'officially' listed on? To be precise, I'm a postdoc and wrote most of a grant proposal that was awarded, but because of who the grant was from only the PI could officially be listed. Does anyone have any recommendations on how this grant could still be a line on my CV?
Date: 25 Feb 2014 15:28
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Could you say that your current study is supported by x grant? Not quite the same as what you are implying, but it does sound good to have a funded study.
If that's the case, and I assume the PI is writing one of your letters of rec, be sure to remind them to make it clear in the letter that you were an author, if not the first author, but the agency does not consider postdocs to be PIs or authors. I've seen that done before in the case of a grad student who authored a funded NSF for his advisor.
I don't know of an accepted (e.g., APA style) citation for a grant, so you see some variability in how people list them on their CVs. In many cases, you list the names of people and include their roles as part of the reference. You can put yourself in there and just make sure it's clear you're not the PI, but use a title for your role that portrays your contribution, such as:
Smith, Bob (Co-PI), Jones, Pete (Co-PI), YOURNAME, HERE (Non-senior Author), Brady, Cindy (Supporting).
Or, make the heading "Authored Grants - Funded", then list the grant however you or others deem acceptable (need not include your name in the reference). Any smart search committee would check with the PI that you actually wrote it, and you should be home-free.
I would ask your mentor how to list it on your vita. I've had mentors who will encourage me to 'play up' your contribution on XX project; the mentor will say "you're selling yourself short" or "not giving yourself enough credit."
At the end of the day, you want what is written on your CV to match what you say in your research statement, to match what your mentor says in his/her letter. If your mentor says, "Dr. Joey is a consultant on a NIMH R03 and contributed significantly to the development of the grant application…" then by golly I hope on your vita you list yourself as a consultant on NIMH R03 XXX and also mention this in your statement. If he/she said your a research scientist working on R03 XXX then adjust how you present yourself accordingly. Just my two cents.
Great job getting a project funded! That is always good news.
I want to second what others have said about having your mentor really play this up in the letter. However, I'm not sure how you represent it on your CV. I have seen more than a few CVs where people are working on a funded grant (say, and R01 for example) with their mentor/PI, and they list the grant and then list themselves as "Graduate student researcher" or "Post-doctoral research fellow". Personally, I find this odd, and it just comes across as padding. I suppose it's the norm in the field, but the only grants I have on my CV are competitive grants for which I am the PI (which in this case is an F32, and I have T32s listed as well, though I'm on the fence about them since the competition was internal). It seems that some mentors encourage students/post-docs to list their grants, but it comes across as misleading when students put this under "Grant Funding". It's not their funding, though it was certainly a source of salary support.
However, in your case, you clearly had much more involvement in the writing and conception of the grant and this needs to be acknowledged in some way. This is something I would again run by your mentor. I liked the suggestion above of "Author". You could also ask if you can be formally listed on the grant as a consultant as is often done for NIH grants. It's too bad you weren't able to be a PI or Co-PI. But I hope this bodes well for your future submissions!!
Wow, lots of great feedback here, thanks so much everyone! I like the 'non-senior Author' idea too and will probably go that route with possibly an explanation of my role right on the CV. My PI told me he'd back up anything I put, but I just didn't want to put anything that might come across as misleading at all about my role (especially since these are all public records) - and he told me he'd include information about it in his letter as well. Thanks again for the great feedback everyone!
Just to be clear, if you're just a grad student or post-doc paid off an advisor's grant, then I don't think there's any legit way to list it on your CV. I think that IS padding.
But, the poster said he/she wrote the grant, so it also seems unfair to not list it just because the agency does not allow post-docs to be PIs. It can be argued that to not list the actual author is just as unethical as listing a non-author as an author.
Overall, I agree with what msot of us said above: make sure the PI mentions your role in his/her letter, and ask your advisor how to best list it on your CV both to give yourself credit AND to make sure you are mathcing how they described your role in their letter.