I don’t know if anyone is reading this, but if so, I have a question.
How do you pay for recurring expenses that are not tied to a particular project but are still necessary for your work? (“You” being an academic in this case.) Things like phone lines for your lab or pens/paper/staples? I get that these things can come out of start-up, but once that money is gone, it isn’t replenishable. What happens then?