I just learned this from the Great One, writedit:
NIH grants for FY2010 funding will be scored by review panels on a 1-to-9 scale instead of the current 1-to-5 scale. (Which for you, the applicant, is multiplied by 100 for your priority score.).
Guaranteed that we’ll all still stay between 1.1 and 2.5 for 40% of the grants and it won’t make a difference until people like me die.
Sorry. I’m just very cynical today.