Scientists: U.S. No Longer Global Leader in Research Due to Cuts

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) released its 2013 report on government-funded scientific research titled “Unlimited Potential, Vanishing Opportunity.” The report is based on a survey of more than 3,700 scientists from across the country and asked questions regarding spending cuts, including recent across-the-board cuts known as sequestration.

According to ASBMB, some of the critical statistics from the report include:

  • Private investment in academic research has been feeble. Only 2 percent of survey respondents have been able to find private funds to make up for those lost from federal grants.
  • More than two thirds of survey respondents do not have the funds to expand their research operations, postponing important scientific advances in all fields.
  • Research jobs have been lost. Nearly half of survey respondents have laid off researchers and 55 percent have a colleague who has lost his/her job.
  • An overwhelming majority of scientists in all fields believes the U.S. has lost its position as the global leader in scientific research.

ASBMB included a call-to-action to urge the federal government to overturn sequestration and return to a strong, sustained investment in scientific research. PAN supports this call to action, especially as it relates to federal funding of programs that impact the Parkinson’s community. Take action today to support increased federal funding for research.

Read the full report.

Read a Huffington Post article about the report.


Date originally posted: August 30, 2013.