In January, Science Careers reported on preparations by researchers and NIH for the first wave of electronic R01 applications on 5 February. NIH's second deadline for R01 submissions was yesterday (5 June) and it appears that Grants.gov, the government's funding portal that receives electronic grant submissions from all agencies, is reeling under the traffic load.
NIH's Electronic Research Administration Web site has a notice today that "Grants.gov is experiencing some processing delays." NIH is giving applications with a 5 June time-stamp on their Grants.gov receipts 2 extra days (to 14 June) to fix errors and warnings. R01 awards are NIH's main funding vehicle, accounting for some 22,000 proposals submitted to NIH in 2006, nearly half of all competitive proposals the organization received.