Unlimited potential, vanishing opportunity: The crippling impact of sequestration on science

August 29, 2013

Coalition for Health Funding member Ben Corb and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) released a new report, “Unlimited Potential, Vanishing Opportunity.” The report details the findings of a survey “of more than 3,700 frontline scientists from all fifty states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia” and “depicts clearly the broad impact of cuts to federal investments in science funding.”

Pay attention to this Network faithful. Sequestration impacts you more than you may realize.

  • In the summer of 2013, ASBMB and fifteen other scientific societies conducted a survey of scientists asking questions regarding cuts to nondefense discretionary spending by Congress since 2010. Over 3,700 scientists from all fields of research responded. 

    Unlimited Potential, Vanishing Opportunity compiles the data from the survey into an easily understandable report that chronicles the difficulties of scientists trying to secure federal funds for research. The report clearly depicts the negative effects of these budget cuts and sequestration on individual scientists and the entire scientific research community. Respondents’ concerns about federal budget cuts fell into four specific categories: 

    • The benefits of scientific research 
    • The next generation of scientists 
    • The loss of the federal investment in scientists 
    • U.S. global research leadership 
    • We strongly urge the federal government to overturn sequestration and return to a strong, sustained investment in scientific research.  
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