It’s an R03. I’m not writing the R18. I’d love to, but frankly, there’re a couple of good reasons not to. First and foremost, I don’t have sufficient preliminary data/work to justify the government dumping $750,000 over three years in my lap. The R03 is only $100,000 over two. Second, my department’s entire grant history consists of my current small-five-figures grant. If we suddenly go a huge bolus of cash like that, there’d likely be confusion and squabbles and befuddlement. Risking that seems hazardous. The R03 isn’t as long and won’t go as far, but it would definitely satisfy my needs and my ego.
So. I wrote up an aims page. And today I put down about 600 words of my narrative. I’m going to do what I can to get this in in June.