Better Ways to Cut Science Budgets?

Science policy watchers weigh in on possible ways to implement the sequestration cuts.

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First of all, cut the

First of all, cut the overhead allocation 30 - 50%. Do not cut the number of grants. Program grants are trimmed by 10%. For ROI's, implement a progressive rate of scaleback rather than an across the board reduction (eg of 10%). The smallest grants lose nothing. The biggest grants (for which there is doubtless the most surplus and surfeit) lose 30%. Interpolate the deduction rate from 0 - 30% depending on grant size.