Scientists See US Research Slipping

Science funding cuts are hitting the US research enterprise, even turning some eyes abroad.

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US scientists have rightly

US scientists have rightly complained for at least a decade that groundbreaking and innovative research is more likely to be performed outside the US - as overall funding increased. As the goals of funding agencies became more top-down and directed, the range of support declined even further. Increasing numbers of mega-labs, largely targeted at minor variations on a genetic theme, appeared and funding became centralized in fewer and fewer hands.

The 5% reduction created by the sequester is a ripple on a larger, longer-term problem. Perhaps it will be the tripping point for a more thorough and public discussion.

Or not.

From 2001 to 2007 under a

From 2001 to 2007 under a mostly Republican government, the NIH budget grew from 20,458,556 to 29,178,504 (43%). Since Pelosi et al took over the House in 2007 followed by Obama taking the presidency in 2009, the NIH budget has only grown to 30,860,913 (6%) (through 2012).

Since I'm sure most who take to heart their non-peer reviewed news will find this hard to believe, I include a reference from NIH's own website.

Now the president and the Senate are proposing to "increase" the NIH budget to $31.1 and $30B respectively... less than 1% more than 2011 levels.

I have to believe that most scientists voted for the team that is in office without any clue of the reality of the situation... Keep votin' the way yer votin' and you'll keep gettin' what yer gettin'.

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