Remember, o ye NIH grant seeking Readers, that your peers are supposed to be reviewing the grants you submitted in the June/July interval right about now. And thanks to the House of GOP shuttering the Federal government, the study sections are being cancelled.
You see, maybe a Continuing Resolution will be passed....tonight? or tomorrow morning? or Friday at 2?
And then the study section meetings for next week will be back on.
So the reviewers have to struggle along and finish up their jobs as best they can, not knowing if it will be for the meeting that is scheduled....or if it will be some sort of replacement meeting later in the month or year.
From what I am hearing, your friendly peers are stepping up to the damn plate and getting their grants reviewed.
Even without access to eRA Commons (where all the grants are stored, hardly anyone bothers to get a CD anymore). So the "read phase" that is supposed to take place the week before a study section meeting is going to be difficult. Hard to read the other reviewers' comments on the grants you are assigned because you don't know who they are! All that is supposed to be automatic on Commons you see. Well, from what I hear around the campfire, the sections are doing what they can, no doubt with heroic work from the Chairs and a little illegal subterranean rogue work from the government employee SROs.
I thank you all.