It's midwinter in Minnesota--the snow drifts block the intersections, the sidewalks are treacherous and icy obstacle courses, and the roads are buckling into potholes. At the same time, it's apparently grant season, too. Between the snow, the applications, and the looming deadlines for many publications, I've been busy. Grant applications require exquisite attention to detail, countless revisions, and a careful following of the rules. As a former grant panelist, I know that everything in a grant application must conform exactly to the requirements set forth and the communication must be impeccable.