Grants.Gov in danger of collapse?

A Heads Up from the superb Medical Writing Editing and Grantsmanship Blog:

A new funding mechanism covering hundreds of scientifically diverse research topics to be scored under new scoring procedures using new review criteria by as yet unidentified reviewers untrained in this process … and now, the feds suddenly realized grants.gov might not be up to the task of receiving 1.3 million submissions at 5 p.m. ET on April 27th.

We’re preparing an application for the April 27th deadline ourselves. Fortunately, we had the unnerving experience during the conversion from paper applications to the online electronic applications (was it only two years ago?) and so we have yet to get out of the habit of submitting earlier than the last day. You have been warned.

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