What time of year do STEM professors typically work on grant proposals?

Is it always between semesters, e.g. the summer months?

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    Easier to identify when they don't - it is a much shorter list...
    – Jon Custer
    Commented Jul 15, 2017 at 17:56
  • Working on the project or writing a new grant application?
    – Coder
    Commented Jul 15, 2017 at 18:26
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    This is highly country-dependent. In some countries grant deadlines are spread across the entire year while in other countries they can be concentrated in a specific part of the year (in some cases October-November).
    – Bitwise
    Commented Jul 15, 2017 at 18:48
  • Whenever they have time, if they're anything like us non-professor PIs. :/
    – arboviral
    Commented Jul 15, 2017 at 19:41
  • Please specify the country in question.
    – Yemon Choi
    Commented Jul 15, 2017 at 23:13

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Throughout the year. At least in the U.S., timings are driven in part by when funding agency deadlines are. For most NIH grants, there are three submission windows per year. For NSF, there are one or two, but when these occur is different for different programs. Plus, in general, thinking about funding is a major task, and can't be confined to a brief span of time.

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