There was a message in my inbox, from an unknown author. Subject: Proposal XXX-YYY-Z under topic... etc. I paused. Then I looked.
Dr. Dad,This morning, I took care of some of the necessary items (like opening a business checking account). I sent her a message describing the status of my progress toward registering, and included the inquiry: Does your involvement mean the proposal has been selected? Her response:
Are you registered with the Central Contractor Registration service? If not, can you please register there.
Yes the proposal has been selected. Once you are registered in the CCR, I can award you the contract, which should only take a few days.I'd say, there's little ambiguity in that response. I'm... breathless. Five years has been a long time to wait. Now... this is just six months of funding (granted at about twice what I might have been making as a professor, including benefits, plus operating expenses and such). I'm thrilled. If all goes well (and there's little reason it shouldn't), the next six months, then another two years should be in the bag.
It's a foot in the door, a new door. One foot in/one foot out. I'm still here.