The flow of federal research funding to Brown University is only now starting to recover from the 2013 federal sequestration. As a result of the sequester, the total pool of research funds at the University decreased by 13.7 percent between 2013 and 2014, said Vice President for Research David Savitz, but funding for new research proposals in the first half of fiscal year 2015 is up significantly — about 30 percent — from 2014.
Any researcher in the United States who is dependent on government funding knows first-hand the devastation that the sequestration wrought. Some have found ways, temporarily, to do more with less money, while others have had to pack up their research tents for good.
Job satisfaction and morale among researchers relying on government grants were body slammed by the sequestration—at least $1.3 trillion in across-the-board funding cuts were mandated by the 2011 Budget Control Act for 2013 through 2021.
Amid federal research cutbacks and sequestration, U-M Medical School offers programs that aim to help young scientists prepare for varied careers.
Today, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) released its 2013 report on government-funded scientific research titled “Unlimited Potential, Vanishing Opportunity.”
More than 1350 scientists and members of the agricultural community signed a petition asking lawmakers to avoid sequestration.