I am working on a research project that the university and my PI talked me into applying for a research grant through the university, and I got it. I'm happy that they considered my part of the project worth the award, but now I have concerns and want to decline it, mainly because of the presentation requirement.
The presentation will take a lot more time and effort than I thought it would.
The project involves things that I know nothing about. I know my piece, but it's my understanding that I need to present on the entire project.
It will be an all day thing and I can honestly make more money at my job that day than the grant is worth.
I'm thrilled they awarded me the grant, and I want to stay on for the project, but I want to politely decline the money.
Edit I didn't really want to apply for the grant, but my PI wanted me to and the stipend I'll get directly offsets a small bill from the university, so I applied. I found out that I get the money after I present my work at the end of next semester, long after I paid the bill. Nowhere in the paperwork did it mention the delay, otherwise I would not have applied and just worked on the project for free.