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Policy

Sequestration Hits Universities Hard

Across-the-board federal budget cuts delayed research, reduced number of research grants

by Andrea Widener
November 25, 2013 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 91, ISSUE 47

Universities have been warning lawmakers about the harmful effects of across-the-board federal budget cuts called sequestration since they were first proposed in 2011. The Budget Control Act, which will cut nearly $1 trillion in discretionary spending over 10 years, went into effect on March 1. Now the Association of American Universities, the Association of Public & Land-grant Universities, and the Science Coalition have surveyed their members to quantify how sequestration has affected university science so far.

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