Grant-reviewing peeve

Every year I review grant proposals for a private foundation which once gave me money. Aside from the usual writing problems, there is one particular problem I see over and over and it drives me crazy. Dear grant proposers, here is a little rule of thumb that I hope you will find helpful:

DON’T CALL YOUR RESEARCH METHOD “CUTTING EDGE” OR “NEW” IF IT IS OVER 10 YEARS OLD.

Seriously.

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