BIG CUTS FOR SCIENCE?
POST DATE February 12, 2011, 6 AM
POSTED BY Geoff Davis
House Republicans have a proposal for cutting spending starting next month: Summary here
To emphasize, the proposal is for cutting funds already allocated for this year as well as for the coming year.
A few numbers:
NIH cuts for 2011:
NSF cuts for 2011:
All told, about $1.5B for NIH (~5% of NIH's $31B budget) and $300M for NSF (~5% of NSF's $7B budget).
These are big cuts, but to keep things in perspective, NSF's 2011 budget is 6.7% higher than 2010, and the cuts at this point are simply proposals.
The challenge is that both NSF and NIH make multi-year commitments, which means that any cuts either have to be passed on to existing grants or taken disproportionately out of new awards. If they're smart, they'll try to spread the pain rather broadly.