It’s not lookin’ all that good for this year’s TT job search, so I’m turning to a short-term back-up plan. Here’s the question for my esteemed academic readers (I’ve got at least one, right?). If I manage to get promoted with the right job title*, should I convert my decently-scored but likely unfunded K grant into an R21, or go for glory with an R01 application. I know what the answer would be if I was tenure-track (I have been listening to you guys). But we’re talking a temporary, non-tenure-track opportunity, which may be my last practical** chance to remain on this career path.
What say you, all-knowing grant sages?
*I’m negotiating this right now, and this grant application is part of my proposal. But I can’t apply for anything unless I convince the powers that be to give me the “right title”.
**There are other options, but my family commitments don’t afford the flexibility to pursue most of these avenues.