What Does Sequestration Mean for Scientific Research?
Scientific advances could slow to a trickle if sequestration occurs, resulting in widespread ramifications for tens of thousands of Americans. According to a new report released by United for Medical Research (UMR), the nation’s life sciences sector could lose more than 20,000 jobs and face a $3 billion decline in funding if Congress fails to prevent the 5.1 percent automatic, across-the-board spending cuts to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
This would drastically impact scientific breakthroughs that have the potential to transform and save lives and halt job growth in this country’s research community. The breadth of NIH research funding stretches across the country, into many different areas of life science.
In 2011, NIH research funding led to:
- 432,094 new jobs
- The support of 300,000 scientists and researchers at 2,500+ universities and research institutions
- 50,000 competitive grants
The direct effect of sequestration would be felt by those in the research field and by those whom physicians strive to diagnose and treat on a daily basis. If sequestration goes into effect on March 1:
- $3 billion will be cut from life sciences funding
- 2,300 fewer grants will be awarded
- More than 30,000 scientists and staff would be cut from grant-funded positions
The American scientific research community continues to make incredible strides towards uncovering the causes of and treatments for many diseases. If sequestration occurs, the cuts will have an indelible impact on research capabilities across the country.
Let your representatives know how you feel about this issue. Contact them today and make your voice be heard.
For more information:
United for Medical Research