February 4, 2014
As usual, I like to keep and eye on RePORTER and SILK to see what the various ICs of my own dearest interest are up to with regard to grants that were supposed to fund Dec 1, 2013. Per usual, there was no budget and the more conservative ICs wait around to do anything. Some of the less-conservative ones do tend to start funding new grant awards in December and Jan so there is always something to see on SILK.
I noticed something interesting. NIAID has 44 new R01s listed that were on the A1 revision and 19 that were funded on the “first” submission. RePORTER notes that 30 funded in Dec, 12 of these funded in Jan and 17 on or after 2/1/2014 (not sure if I miscounted totals on SILK or RePORTER hasn’t caught up or what).
My ICs of dearest concern are still waiting, only a bare handful of new R01s are listed.
NCI has 36 new R01 apps funded on A1, 21 on the A0. DK is running 15/13.
Scanning down the rest of the list of ICs, it looks like DK is about as close to even as it gets and that a 2:1 ratio of A1 to A0 being funded is not too far off the mean.
I still think we’d be a lot better off if something like 2/3rd of grants were awarded on first submission and the A1s were only about a third.