I reached the point in my PhD where, besides focusing on performing and analyzing the last experiments and starting to write the thesis, I should also start thinking about the next step - what to do once I finish it?
Since I would like to have some more research time to publish as many papers as I can from my PhD work, I think the obvious next step would be a post-doc position.
I am an international student in the US and I could apply for fundings both from my native country and from US agencies.
The big question here is: is there anything unethical in submitting the same research proposal to two (or even more) agencies? Will I be committing some kind of academic crime if by any chance one same reviewer is called to judge the same proposal submitted to different funding agencies and realizes it?
I should highlight here that I would never accept both fundings. The goal would be purely to maximize the odds of getting research funded. In the unlikely event I would have the proposal granted by both agencies, I would choose the most beneficial or convenient to me and my advisor.
Two reasons I can think of NOT to do this would be:
- a) wasting time of a larger number of reviewers (who could be reviewing someone else's proposal);
- b) preventing more people from getting funded.
But is this cheating or just part of the business?
I appreciate any input - specially criticism.