As reported by the Medical Writing, Editing & Grantsmanship blog in regards to NIH Challenge Grant applications ...
"Although the dust has not settled as yet, the NIH has currently accepted more than 18,000 RC1 applications, with another 11,000 in the error correction queue. So, at least 20,000 Challenge Grants and perhaps close to my initial estimate of 30K way back when. " according to the blog...
... For comparison, CSR reviewed 27,360 R01s and 9,483 R21s in 2008.
"Of course, while the number of RC1 applications in need of review continues to climb, the days available for review continues to dwindle, and the pool of reviewers has already been heavily tapped. For all of 2008, CSR used 16,000 reviewers (3,104 chartered, 12,136 ad hoc). If each RC1 is to be read by 3 reviewers … well, hello thousands more ad hoc reviewers."
... “ around 200 Challenge Grants will be funded by the NIH Office of the Director through the Common Fund and other monies, it is likely that an equal or greater number of projects will be funded by NIH Institutes and Centers.”
Read on at: http://writedit.wordpress.com/2009/05/05/challenges-continue-to-mount-at-nih/