BikeMonkey PostPhysioProf has a bit up over at his place complaining about the Challenge grant payout odds. I was whinging about the extra grant load that we are about to get and was reminded of something. I got an interesting little email from the head of NIDA the other day.
Dear NIDA Grantees,
As you know, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has provided NIH and NIDA with an unprecedented opportunity to move science forward.
Many of you are preparing applications for submission to the Funding Opportunity Announcements posted under this stimulus funding, and we are looking forward to supporting many applications that have the potential to accelerate science while simultaneously investing in the American economy.
One of the challenges of the ARRA will be to establish peer review committees and hold review meetings in a very short period of time.
I am, therefore, writing to you to ask for your assistance in serving as reviewers, if you are called upon to do so. It is especially important that we have your support for ARRA reviews at this time, even if you are already on a review committee or have recently served on one. The likely volume and breadth as well as the very short time window available for review will require the participation of many scientists, and I hope I can count on you to agree to serve if you are contacted.
In particular, reviewers will be needed from early July until mid-August for reviews that will be conducted by the Office of Extramural Affairs at NIDA.
Therefore, would you please click "Reply" to this email, indicate your tentative ability to participate in a review meeting this summer by marking the appropriate box/es in the schedule below and "Send" it back to NIDALetterofIntent@mail.nih.gov as soon as possible.
It ends with a cute little table in which you are supposed to check-off your availability by week over the summer. This is just for the in-house reviews. Anybody else getting this kind of plea from their ICs?
I'm glad they are trying but this sure as hell doesn't look good, does it?