The RFA created for the Challenge Grants is out (RFA-OD-09-003). All the goods are here including the Opening Date (first time a grant can be submitted) of March 27 and the deadline of April 27. As you might have guessed these will be squeezed into the current Council round with initial review in Jun/Jul, Council in August and first possible funding date of Sept 30, 2008.
Then one immediately glances over the other relevant bits of information:
Budget and Project Period. Budget requests should be commensurate with project needs up to a two-year project period. The requested budget may not exceed $500,000 total costs per year for a maximum of $1,000,000 total costs over a two-year project period.
Page Limits: The Research Plan is limited to 12 pages
Okay, the shorter apps are here, don't panic, don't panic....
Page down to Section IV, Part 6. Hmm, all kinds of new stuff, read carefully. Here are some highlights.
Item 8. Bibliography and Literature Cited: Limited to one page.
hold on, there's a good reason for this...
Biographical Sketches: Each biographical sketch is limited to two pages. The number of publications cited in the PD/PI's biosketch is limited to ten or fewer items. PD/PIs should cite their most relevant publications and those that highlight the significance of past accomplishments.
No complaints here. Minimizes swingage...
Research Plan: The Research Plan is comprised of special sections noted below and is limited to a total of 12 pages, including tables, graphs, figures, diagrams, and charts.
3. Background and Significance: Omit
4. Preliminary Studies/Progress Report: Omit
Yowsa. These will certainly be interesting to review, won't they?
5. Research Design and Methods
Item 5 consists of the following 4 elements and is limited to 12 pages: A statement of the Challenge Area and specific Challenge Topic; The Challenge and Potential Impact; The Approach; and Timeline and Milestones. ... Figures and illustrations may be included but must fit within the 12-page limit. Do not include links to Web sites for further information.
This almost makes me want to take up the Challenge just so I can see if I can write one of these strange beasts.
Any non-NIH'ers out there recognize this format from some other granting agency? Have we anything to lean on here?