I've got a whole passel of NIH proposals to review. They range from in my backyard to a bit afield. I'd say more than half, but not all, are rehashing of the same old thing. They consider one aspect of the problem (bunny leg anatomy) but ignore all sorts of other stuff (muscle physiology properties that govern how the anatomy actually works). Everybody includes the statement, in bold italic, that "this research is innovative because no one has ever looked a bunny legs in exactly this way".
But! But! I am finishing my review for a marvelous proposal. It is a very young (1rst year prof) who is paired with the absolute perfect intellectual/content co-I (who is also pre-tenure). In this case, the PI is an engineer who has designed all sorts of prosthetics for cats and dogs and elephants with different non-hopping problems. She has a truly innovative idea for bunnies that can't hop, based on bunny brain function. Her co-I is a bunny clinician, who deals with baby bunnies with brain injuries, etc, but she does see old bunny patients. Two incredibly productive young women, with a great idea that might really transform clinical practice. They don't seem to realize how much this also might move some of the basic paradigms that underlie our understanding of hopping in general, but I can point that out.
I am so excited by this proposal I needed to write this post to tell all of you out there: the solution for elderly bunnies is in sight!