Well I got my CAREER proposal back (one of the most important I will probably ever write) and it was rejected...I mean declined as they like to say.
My scores were good (or very good to be exact) but not sufficient in this abysmal funding climate to get the $$ that I need.
I wasn't actually too upset, this was only my first attempt and I am competing against people who are everywhere from new to almost tenured. Also, it seems to be rare to get it on the first attempt. Instead, I am happy with the good show and looking to turn it into an unsolicited proposal for the March deadlines.
But I have to say the current funding climate makes me extremely nervous. Most of the proposals that I write come back as somewhere between very good and excellent, yet only 1 has been funded (all excellents). I probably need to find some other agencies to apply to with more money (are there any?) I just hope we can hit before we run out of money.