It's an unfortunate but widely known fact in the scientific community that researchers also have to be businessmen in order to secure funds. But getting a grant from the National Science Foundation became a little easier last week, allowing researchers to focus more of their efforts on science.
The foundation's governing board voted last Thursday to end the requirement for projects on which the NSF requests applications. Unsolicited proposals will still have to pay for 1 percent of the research-grant money that they are allotted.
The decision showed solidarity with several organizations, including the Association of American Universities, which have been urging changes for several years, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported.
The Chronicle reported that "cost sharing" measures had been implemented in the 1940s for several federal agencies to help them stretch their budgets, but universities began to volunteer money on their own to make their proposals more competitive.
The average cost for colleges has ranged from 10 percent to 30 percent of the total award.