How research grants get distributed

NASA was interviewing professionals to be sent to Mars. Only one could go and they wouldn’t be returning.

The first applicant, an engineer, was asked how much she wanted to be paid for going. “A million dollars,” she answered, “because I want to donate it to Harvard.”

The next applicant, a doctor, was asked the same question. She asked for $2 million. “I want to give a million to my family,” she explained, “and leave the other million for the advancement of medical research.”

The last applicant was a lawyer. When asked how much money he wanted, he whispered in the interviewer’s ear, “Three million dollars.”

Why so much more than the others?” asked the interviewer.

The lawyer replied, “If you give me $3 million, I’ll give you $1 million, I’ll keep $1 million, and we’ll send the engineer to Mars.”


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