So one of the chapters that I had wanted to expand upon in my "So You Want To Be A Physicist" essay is one part of being a practicing physicist or university faculty member where you write funding proposal to get money to not only support your research work, but also support your students. However, I don't think that I have the straight-forward path at learning how to write such a thing, since I started out at a US National Lab in a program that had already an earmarked funding each year (i.e. we didn't have to seek out funding each time to keep our program running), before moving into a University setting. Along the way, I kinda learned about getting research funding by being a part of a research project. But now, after I've written several funding proposals for both DOE and NSF, and learned more about the system, I feel that this should have been as aspect of my PhD and Postdoc years, where I should have learned about how one goes about writing a funding proposal, etc. It is why I bring my graduate student along whenever we have a meeting about the faculty members to discuss our next funding proposals. I believe he should see this process first hand and learn more about it (besides the fact that a couple of the proposals will actually fund his research work). Since we have many physicists and university faculty members on here, let me ask you this question: How and when did you learn how to funding proposals? I'd like to learn a bit more on this, especially from those who got into a tenure-track career. Did you have someone at the university acting as a "mentor" to help you with your first proposal? Or did you simply become a co-PI of your first proposal and learned how to do it from that? Or was it via some other ways? Do tell! Zz.