Due to budget constraints, the National Institutes of Health is cutting the contractors that run its electronic grant systems by 20 percent, reports ScienceInsider. This will have a "significant impact" on eRA services, writes Sally Rockey, the NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, in a letter to extramural staff. "[The impact] will be experienced in eRA's responses to applicant/grantee and staff enquiries; in diagnosing system problems and finding solutions; and in the operational support for both scheduled system outages and unexpected downtimes," she says. Rockey adds that much of the problem is due to budget uncertainty — the 2011 US federal budget has not yet been set, and, indeed, a government shutdown may occur when the stopgap agreement expires at midnight tonight.
Staff Cut at NIH
Apr 08, 2011