Pursuing research grants is a cornerstone of academic life.  And the competition for these awards is at an all-time high.  A recent Nature news feature outlines grantsmanship ‘rules of thumb’. In so doing, the author perhaps inadvertently highlights the entropy of the process. Ultimately, the final lines of the piece – persistence differentiates successful investigators.  If at first you don’t succeed, try try again?

But what are the effects of the pressures on faculty to successfully navigate this process?  Researchers, in particular early career researchers, are facing unprecedented stress and spending less time on the actual doing of research.