The worst part of being a university researcher is scrabbling for research funding, and this year I found the process particularly stressful, given the current anti-ecology climate in Canada. Last night I learned that my NSERC grant was renewed – yay. It’s certainly a relief to know that the lab will survive for another five years, although our funding level will be a bit lower than previously. Should I be grateful that my government is still providing funds for research that I cannot translate into business opportunities? Or should I be irritated that we must carry on doing more with less? Or should I just accept, as a vice president assured me this morning, that in the current climate, Survival = Success? I guess I’ll go with that – it’s better to be optimistic.
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