Myth: “I’m an AR. My salary comes out of my lab’s grant money, so If I get paid more, that means less money for the project”

Reality: Princeton keeps a share of the money brought in through sponsored research (F&A costs) and uses it to pay for things like building maintenance and lab equipment, but also uses it to fund administrative offices. We think that if the administration is going to subsidize their own budgets with YOUR research grants, they can at least contribute enough to your salaries so that AR’s make a salary commensurate with the long hours (often 40/50+ per week!) they work in their labs.