The funding of scientific research in the United States (and many other countries) is looking ever more like this:
With small ponds, a lot of people are determined to become the big fish.
So lots of researchers learn about “grantsmanship” and spend hours crafting the perfect proposal.
Some hope to find new funding sources in industry, private foundations and crowd funding.
But maybe there’s another strategy...
Rely on it a lot less than everyone else.
Adaptation or extinction. Those are always your choices in the face of extreme selection pressure.
Drying up photo by by Brian Auer on Flickr; big fish wall art by As_One on Flickr; both used under a Creative Commons license.