So I have it on reasonable authority that the pay line at the NSF/MCB is hovering at around the 10% mark (May, 2013). This is in contrast to their usual pay line, closer to high teens.
In a few areas at NIH, the paylines have dipped to around 6%.
Is it time for NIH and NSF to implement a pre-proposal mechanism (like the DOE already uses)?
When pay lines are so low, it is a big waste of time for everyone involved to write and review these 12-15 page proposals, 9 out of 10 of which are going to go without funding. We could all be spending our time in better ways.
What are your suggestions for making this process more efficient? Let’s discuss it in the comments.