Survey Finds Sequestration Already Eroding America's Research Capabilities

A recent survey released by the Association of American Universities, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and The Science Coalition found that sequestration is already having a negative impact on research institutions around the country.

Sequestration, or across-the-board spending cuts, began in March 2013 and will last another eight years unless Congress acts.

The majority of research institutions surveyed said that sequestration caused a reduction in the number of new federal research grants and delayed research projects, which has affected institutions’ opportunities to be economic drivers in their communities.

Other specific findings in the survey included:

  • Fifty-eight percent of respondents cited personnel impacts at their institutions as a result of the sequester.  This included position reductions (50%) as well as layoffs (24%). 
  • Eighty-one percent of respondents cited impacts directly affecting their research activity. These ranged from the previously mentioned reduction in the number of federal grants and delayed research projects to the inability to purchase research equipment or instrumentation (28%), and cancelled (19%) or delayed (38%) field or experimental work.
  • Forty-two percent of respondents cited impacts directly affecting students, including admission of fewer graduate students (23%), graduate student loss of tuition reductions or stipends (14%), and reduction in research opportunities for undergraduate students (30%).

Learn more about the survey results.

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Date originally posted: November 22, 2013.