Yesterday was my birthday, and for the third year out of four, I've spent it in Canberra, serving on an NHMRC grant review panel. I've been in Canberra all week, reviewing 75 microbiology grants. I feel a little depressed about it, as grant success rates may drop as low as 10% this year, which means an awful lot of very good grants will not be funded. On the bright side, my panel arranged a birthday cake for me!
Its my birthday and I have a cake, thanks to my grant review panel