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I will never not be amused by the fact that the time spent writing grant applications in aggregate far exceeds the time actually funded by said grants

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What are the ancillary skills developed and exercised during the process of grant writing? What do you learn that you wouldn't otherwise? What incidental insights do you bump into?

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@Sargoth I suspect this says something about our society's level of dedication to the search for truth. :scowl:

@woozle ever increasing competition for ever decreasing amounts of funding
...science!

@Sargoth This phenomenon is widely seen in other areas of nature, including the job market and public transportation.

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