So usually, the catastrophic logical consequence of that is : most of people do apply for funds on things they already know to be successful, so that they take no risk. Alternatively, there is also an even more common situation : get grants on fashionable things having a certain proximity to your research (though different), then use the money not for it, but for your important projects (desperately waiting to be funded). Such a (completely crazy) situation, similar to a living nightmare, is not suited for Science. Basic research should not be oriented (axed). Scientists need freedom to create and explore their intuitions. Granting only some fashionable subjects (or those close enough to lead to technological applications) do necessarily and regretfully narrow the unlimited range of unexpected discoveries that can be produced by fundamental research.
In summary our needs are
(from small expenses to substantial funds)
" Sometimes it’s the very people who no one imagines anything of,
who do the things that no one can imagine ” ²
Of course, we cannot guarantee that we are that kind of people, but if no one gives us a chance, no one will know it ...