At his blog, Juniorprof wonders if new investigators without R01s are essentially out of luck when it comes to receiving stimulus funding. Capital improvement grants, he says, are targeted to those already with a large grant, while the challenge grants pose the problem of experience. "I can see the critique now: 'an excellent application but the lack of experience of the investigator raises the question of whether gains can be expected within 2 years,'" he writes.

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