Just Those Submissions

The US National Institutes of Health is keeping its "two strikes" rule for grant application submissions.

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As always, what upsets me

As always, what upsets me most is not that there are hard limits to total available research funding, after all we are still in a global economic downturn and deficit issues loom large. What is more problematic is that this is not leading to a more serious revision of hiring and training policies at local levels. There is a lot of talk and writing about training too many grad students, having too many faculty, etc, but I don't see universities (at least in Canada) simply hiring fewer faculty and allowing regular attrition to reduce the applicant pool - it happens but only incidentally due to other budget constraints, not as a publically avowed policy obligated by flat operating grant national budgets. Why is it so hard to bite this bullet?