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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Effect of Sequestration Cuts on NIH Research Funding

What do this year's sequestration cuts to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) mean for researchers and grantees? In all, approximately 700 fewer competitive research project grants will be issued this year and approximately 750 fewer new patients will be admitted to the NIH Clinical Center compared with 2012, according to the fact sheet published by the NIH earlier this week. Additionally, National Research Service Award recipients will see no increase in stipends this year, the NIH found.

            Already, sequestration cuts to funding for research institutes like the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) have raised serious concerns for neurology researchers. The ability to continue and complete research projects which rely heavily on national funding, such as the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer's Network Therapeutic Trials Unit; the feasibility of embarking on new research initiatives; and the effect of reduced funding on the training of new physicians-scientists are all in question as a result of the 5 percent across-the-board cuts.

            The full list of paylines and funding strategies for the NIH can be found here. In our May 16 issue, Neurology Today reported on the potential impact of the federal funding cuts on neurology research, with commentary from both physician-researchers and leaders of the national institutes: