I am going to a grant workshop today in Tulsa.  Anymore, academia is not longer just teaching students and doing some research or even having the time to cogitate on problems.  No, it has turned into a money-making monster.  Grants are the name of the game and small ones don’t cut it for most purposes.  Large federal grants are preferred by the university because they can take their administrative cut off the top and a grant like that provides good publicity for the university and the researchers program as well.  Several decades ago all of this was unnecessary (or at least less necessary) because researchers received a direct allocation that covered much of their expenses.  Sure, we still get an allocation depending on the type of appointment someone has (research, extension, teaching).  But then again, at least in my case, how far does $1,000 for a year take you?  Hence the grant workshop.