At the Bayblab blog, they wonder just how much grant money is spent on applied research and how much on, well, overpriced equipment and missed targets. Canada's National Post printed a story about a scientist who was forced to re-pay grant money that he spent on personal gadgets. It begs the question, they write, "should we hold the researchers accountable for the money they use?" Though the rare (well, we hope so) person will abuse their grantor's generosity, in most cases conducting research is simply expensive. "I don't understand how an ice pack for a western apparatus can be 10 times more expensive than a regular one, or why a research fridge is four times the price of a regular fridge. It's certainly not for the reliability, from what I've seen of our fridges," the bloggers write.
Don't Spend It All ... On One Fridge.
May 15, 2008