I submitted a paper to a journal a few months ago and applied for a research grant one year ago. Currently, my grant application has not yet been awarded, but I anticipate that it will be granted in approximately two months. The exact date, however, is unknown.
I intend to include my grant number in the acknowledgments section of my paper, as per the grant policy. However, my grant number is currently not available as my application is still in progress. Last week, I received a report from the journal indicating that only minor revisions are required and I have one month to submit my revisions.
Question 1: What should I do if my paper is accepted before I receive my grant number? Question 2: Is it possible to ask the journal to add my grant number after the online version of my paper is published?
My questions may appear illogical or unethical, but let me explain how grants work in my location.
Applying for a grant is like playing a game. Once your grant application is successfully awarded, you are given a specific time period, often 1 or 2 years, to "finalize" it. If you cannot finalize your awarded grant within this time frame, you will not receive any funding.
To finalize a research grant, you must acknowledge the grant with a grant number in your published papers. The number of papers and the time frame in which they must be published are specified in the grant policy. If you cannot meet these requirements, you will not receive any financial support and will likely have a negative reputation in the academic community.
So I am following the rules and trying to meet them. If I were a very smart person who could produce many papers in the future, I wouldn't be worried about this matter.