There’s still time to go until the end of May too. 20,000 applications is a pretty large number with more to come. Like anything else today there are some data glitches the article states in the system and some of these could be rejections if the guidelines for entry are not followed exactly to the tee, like everything else out there today, not match, it’s a no go.
Also noted, are the changes and guidelines themselves subject to change as well, so again, it’s the informed reader who can catch some of this to keep up is the challenge here too. What’s ok today, might be different tomorrow and hopefully some of the money made available will end up going to some great projects and we will all benefit with either better treatment plans and better quality of life. BD
The Challenge Grants, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), are among the $2 billion in stimulus funds for new research, equipment and construction.
NIH officials say they were expecting 10,000 to 15,000 applications. Instead, with the application deadline not until May 29, they are digging through more than 20,000 applications — with a lot more likely on the way.
Complicating matters are errors that have been popping up in the electronic application system and changing NIH guidelines for the proposals. "It's mayhem; they keep changing things and scaring the applicants," says Katrina Gwinn, who helps guide research projects at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.