I submitted an application for the CANTAB Research Grant and last week, I got the following reply:
We were particularly impressed with your application and the research you are hoping to complete but unfortunately we had to pick just one winner from your region and your proposal was not successful on this occasion.
Which sounds very nice. But the mail continued “[w]e would however still very much like to support your research” and went on to offer me a 20% discount.
I just wish these defaults text were less over the top. I much preferred the message I got when I didn’t get a Travel Award for CogSci:
I am sorry to inform you that you did not receive the travel award for which you applied. We had many more requests than could be filled, and the choice of awardees was somewhat a matter of chance, chance that unfortunately fell to others.