Federal budget reductions could hinder science pursuit in the U.S.

10/1/2012 | Los Angeles Times

Automatic cuts to next year's federal budget would impede scientific research, according to an analysis by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. AAAS reported that the cuts would reduce $11.3 billion from the budget of the National Institutes of Health and $2.1 billion from the National Science Foundation budget over five years if the reductions are split between defense and non-defense spending. The NIH would lose $26.1 billion and the NSF $4.9 billion if Congress implements an alternative approach to shift the budget reductions away from defense, the AAAS wrote.

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