The administrative burden for researchers is unchanged since 2005, according to a recent report. A survey of 13,000 principal investigators at universities and research centers in the U.S. found that researchers spend an average of 42 percent of their time on federal projects on administrative requirements rather than on active research. Proposal and report writing; reporting on project finances, personnel, and effort; and compliance with research regulations are the primary time sinks. The full report is available at http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/cs/groups/pgasite/documents/webpage/pga_087667.pdf.
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