>What portion of research time is spent writing proposals?

>The next European deadline is close and hence everyone is writing proposals…

I wonder if someone has assessed how much work goes into proposal writing on a European scale. On one hand I see the value of forcing researchers to write proposals and to articulate their ideas but on the other hand it seems a great lot of research could be conducted if senior people would use this time for doing actual research. In proposals formulating the actual core of the research idea is exciting (often even more exciting than carrying out research) but this is only one part of proposal writing. But what would be an alternative for deciding what research to fund?

Having spent a 30 hours in Lancaster improved our idea and we got a good step forward…

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