Our NIH proposal went out today - I'll post more info about it after the review is done, especially if we get it.
Today was quite a mad rush:
05:50 : go to sleep
08:35 : wake up, get cracking on forms
09:00 - 10:30 : frantic phone calls to deans, co-PIs
10:30 - 12:00 : finishing touches on proposal
12:00 - 13:30 : finish all forms, print proposal
13:30 - 14:00 : more frantic phone calls
15:00 - 16:30 : chasing all over campus for signatures
16:40 : return to Pre-Award Services (our grants and contracts office)
16:40 - 17:00 : last-minute fixes, print edited pages
17:00 - 17:05 : print 5 copies of (50+ page) proposal
17:05 - 17:15 : collate 5 copies of (50+ page) proposal because xerox machine defaulted to "no collation"
17-15 - 17:20 : wait for assistants to stuff padding in the FedEx box; slap label on it, get call tag
17:20 - 17:30 : drive quickly to FedEx
17:30 : sent the boxed copies out!
Our grants and contracts office was a great help, and so were all the deans who sent us struff on a few days' notice.
I've gotta stop doing this "Kansas Hsu and the Proposal of DOOM" thing. :-)
Edit: Naturally, Hurricane Isabel closed NIH on Friday, so the proposal actually arrived Monday. :-P