There was a great question asked on the resadm listserv a week or so ago about how much time an administrative person spends supporting a proposal. We’ve created a survey to gather more information on this (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HJ7TFST) as we think it’s a topic worth digging into further.
I think it’s fair to say that considering we’re in research we don’t do a lot of research on how we work (I am not the original author of this thought but don’t want to roll anyone under the bus). There’s been some great work on faculty burden for example but not on the burden on research administrators. This makes sense of course since research administrators are focused almost entirely on helping others not themselves.