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 The email just came in:  NSF grant is FUNDED!!!!!!!!!!!  4 years of support beginning in October, and I only lost 10% of the budget I requested due to the financial mess that is the US budget.

Gods, this is *such* a load off!  I'm still going to lose my 2nd post-doc (he leaves at the end of this month), but at least I will have the funds to hire a replacement and I won't lose my tech.    ::does happy dance around desk::


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Jun. 15th, 2011 10:34 pm (UTC)

Best news I've heard in a very long time! Congratulations!

Jun. 17th, 2011 03:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks - now I can breathe again. :-)
Jun. 15th, 2011 10:46 pm (UTC)

Huge, huge congrats!

I bet that must be about the biggest relief ever.
Jun. 17th, 2011 03:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you, dearie!

I bet that must be about the biggest relief ever. Yep. My scientific life has just been pulled out of the barrel-about-to-go-over-the-falls it was in. It feels pretty good to know I missed being splintered on the rocks.
Jun. 15th, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC)

That's great news! Congratulations. Your brilliant career, indeed. I'll stand you to a celebratory drink next time I see you.
Jun. 17th, 2011 03:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Kelly!

I'll stand you to a celebratory drink next time I see you. I'll hold you to that! ::g::

::loves banner::
Jun. 16th, 2011 01:59 am (UTC)
Great news! M.
Jun. 17th, 2011 03:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Maggie!
Jun. 16th, 2011 08:33 am (UTC)
I am so happy for you!
Jun. 17th, 2011 03:50 pm (UTC)
::icon ♥ ::

Thanks, Dicky!

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Jun. 16th, 2011 08:42 am (UTC)
Great news, congratulations!! Snape joins me in the celebration with a bunch of flowers.

Jun. 17th, 2011 03:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks, TRS! And flowers and a teddy from Severus?! Now, *that's* something to celebrate! ::g::
Jun. 16th, 2011 02:11 pm (UTC)
Woot! Squee! And all that.

Congratulations, too.
Jun. 17th, 2011 03:53 pm (UTC)
Woot! Squee! And all that. Yes, indeed! ::g::

Thanks, dearie!
Jun. 16th, 2011 07:31 pm (UTC)
Excellent news. I'm so happy for you!
Jun. 17th, 2011 03:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!!
Jun. 17th, 2011 10:25 am (UTC)
Excellent news! Congrats!
Jun. 17th, 2011 03:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :-D
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Jun. 17th, 2011 03:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, Tetley! And tell Hooch that I said thanks as well. After I heard the news I didn't need a broom to fly!
Jun. 18th, 2011 03:25 pm (UTC)
YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!! *Dancedancedancedancedancedance.* So pleased to hear it! ♥
Jun. 22nd, 2011 03:49 am (UTC)
::grins happily:: Me, too!

Thanks, Kiwi!
Jun. 22nd, 2011 03:08 am (UTC)
I am late, late, late, but I've been working my way back through my flist, and OMG YAY! This is the best possible news! Four years? That's fantastic! That must have been one hell of a proposal you submitted, missie! *throws magical confetti* Congratulations! :D
Jun. 22nd, 2011 03:51 am (UTC)
Thanks so much!! I haven't seen the pink sheets (reviews) or the priority score yet, but it's good enough to get funded and that's all that matters!

::hugs:: Been thinking of you, actually and wondering how you've been. Things OK?
Jun. 22nd, 2011 04:39 am (UTC)
Whew! Do the scores mean anything? In terms of impact on your research plans and project autonomy, that is? I don't really know what I'm talking about here, so forgive me if I'm way off base. But yes indeed, funding first and foremost.

Thanks for asking, sweetie. *hugs back* I'm halfway through a two-week vacation, the first part of which I wasted being depressed. I think I needed to have a mini-breakdown, though. That happens sometimes when the social structures (like the need to work) no longer apply and I can let my defenses down. Happens, I mean, when I've been under pressure and dealing with stress. This week I feel a whole lot bouncier. Things are still deteriorating at an unpredictable pace, family-wise, but I'm in a carpe diem frame of mind and determined to spend time rollicking about in the fields. Or at least on the computer.

I also see you signed up as a Samhain Smut participant! This is excellent! You should definitely write more -- erm, in your copious free time, of course. ;-)
Jun. 23rd, 2011 02:04 am (UTC)
No, the scores don't really mean anything other than 'you made it over the line' - I'm just interested in knowing where in that funded continuum I fell. Similarly, the reviews are important because they'll tell me what the reviewers thought of my proposal - specifically its strengths and weaknesses, which will tell me how I need pitch my annual progress reports. The last set of reviews for this proposal (which didn't get funded) made it pretty clear that the people who reviewed it had no clue about what they were reading. The NSF is funny because, unlike the NIH, its review panels aren't specialists to the nth degree. I doubt that anyone who reviewed it last time was in my field, since they seemed to lack a great deal of knowledge of the literature and the core research. Luckily, my program officer agreed that it wasn't properly reviewed last time and did her best to make certain it went to reviewers more likely to understand it. I think she succeeded. ::g::

I'm glad you're en vacances, but very sorry that you lost the first half of it to feeling bad. ::hugs again:: I hope the last half of your time off is extra happy to make up for it. :-) Take care of yourself, my dear. And if you ever feel the need for an ear to vent at, feel free to call on me. ^.^

I also see you signed up as a Samhain Smut participant! This is excellent! ::buries head in hands:: Yes, lord help me, in a fit of irrational exuberance, I did. The excellence of the idea remains to be seen. :-P As for me, I am hoping only to not embarrass myself. Or put anyone to sleep. ::g::
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