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Stemming the Tide

Researchers are facing declining grant success rates as science budgets tighten, so many of them are starting to submit more than one proposal at a time in a bid to increase their chances of success, says ScienceInsider's Jeffrey Mervis. But data from the US National Science Foundation shows that the rising volume of grant proposals is threatening to "sink an already overloaded staff," Mervis says.

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