Today, scientists on Twitter discovered an important technique that could very well give them an edge in the competitive funding climate: CAPS LOCK. It’s the secret sauce that makes WHATEVER YOU’RE SAYING SO MUCH MORE CONVINCING.
See, doing science takes money — to pay postdocs and graduate students, for equipment and reagents, even to present and publish results. So in the US, at least, academic researchers are constantly churning out applications for a finite pool of money. And grants are becoming increasingly competitive, which can make scientists a little loopy from all the pressure. That’s why some of them have started tweeting their requests for funding in all caps, with the hashtag #ALLCAPSPROPOSAL.
Our highly scientific and extremely rigorous investigation on Twitter that started and ended about 30 minutes ago suggests that Julie Blommaert, a graduate student at the University of Innsbruck in Austria, started the hashtag when she forgot to turn off caps lock while writing a proposal.
"You really need to sell your project in your grant proposal" said the supervisor— Julie Blommaert (@Julie_B92) March 14, 2017
*ok I will write it in all caps* thought the student pic.twitter.com/YgYUHIQaVL
Thus, #ALLCAPSPROPOSAL was born. And, it kind of became a thing:
DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW MANY UNDESCRIBED MILLIPEDE SPECIES ARE OUT THERE NEITHER DO I BUT LET'S GO LOOK THEY'RE ALL GREAT #ALLCAPSPROPOSAL— Derek Hennen (@derekhennen) March 15, 2017
ALL THE BRAINTHINGS:
I WANT TO STICK SUPER TINY NOVEL ELECTRODES INTO BRAINTHINGS. WHAT BRAINTHINGS? DON’T CARE. ALL THE BRAINTHINGS. #ALLCAPSPROPOSAL— Raven (@punkrockscience) March 15, 2017
Some got a little, um, dark:
I WANT TO MAKE THINGS INVISIBLE I COULD DO THIS TO THE PRESIDENT #ALLCAPSPROPOSAL— skullsinthestars (@drskyskull) March 15, 2017
Please, please let this be a real proposal:
For what it’s worth, any institution funding this research should also probably also throw in a few bucks for extensive, professional-quality videos of raccoons solving puzzles. And I’m calling dibs for The Verge on the footage of those brilliant little trash pandas and their Rubik’s cubes. DIBS.