Nearly 20 Percent Of Scientists Contemplate Moving Overseas Due in Part To Sequestration

Aug 30, 2013

New data compiled by a coalition of top scientific and medical research groups show that a large majority of scientists are receiving less federal help than they were three years ago, despite spending far more time writing grants in search of it. Nearly one-fifth of scientists are considering going overseas to continue their research because of the poor funding climate in America.

The study, which was spearheaded by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) and will be formally released next week, is the latest to highlight the extent to which years of stagnant or declining budgets, made worse by sequestration, have damaged the world of science.

More than 3,700 scientists from all 50 states participated in the study, offering online responses in June and July 2013. They offered sobering assessments of the state of their profession. Eighty percent said they were spending more of their time writing grants now than in 2010, while 67 percent said they were receiving less grant money now than they were back then. Only two percent of respondents said they had received money from their employers — predominantly academic institutions — to make up for the loss of federal funds.

Written By: Sam Stein
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  • This article made me ill for a bit. It reminds me of the time in Alaska, just a few years ago, when state scientists were forced to resign or transfer to any comparable federal postion out of ethical concerns when the State’s executive branch insisted scientific data be tweaked to further political agendas rather than remain factually and impartially based. I think it was about climate science, but I can’t remember right now.

    I do hope someone can chime in and tell me it will be all better.


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  • Canada has a problem with a climate-change denying prime minister. He has fired most of the climate scientists. He has insisted that any scientist receiving government money have his speeches censored by his office. It is like something out of Communist USSR.

    Most people don’t even complain.

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  • Perhaps this is a way of repaying the Brits. Those of you old enough might remember the “Brain Drain” from post-war days into the 60’s.

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