Budget Woes, Sequester Place Researchers in a Bind – Young Researchers Hard Hit

(JAMA) – With 14 000 federal scientists returning to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to salvage research disrupted by the recent government shutdown, they and their academic colleagues face new uncertainties surrounding whether Congress will reach a budget compromise and whether sequester cuts will continue.

“It’s a one-two punch,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, in an interview in November. At press time, a bipartisan deal that would soften the sequester’s impact for the next 2 years was being considered.

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