How Do Cutbacks in Federal Funding Impact Research Programs?

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Cuts inevitably reduce nation's international competitiveness, says UC Riverside’s Russ Hille

By on April 3, 2014

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Russ Hille is Chancellor’s Professor of Biochemistry at the University of California, Riverside. Photo credit: Peter Phun.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Cuts in federal funding can hurt state and local economies.  Higher education is often impacted with students losing financial aid, tuition costs rising, and research slowing down considerably.

Russ Hille, Chancellor’s Professor of Biochemistry at the University of California, Riverside, is interviewed by Science magazine on the effects of cutbacks in federal funding on research programs across the country.

“The serious reductions in federal funding of basic research that have occurred over the past few years have already begun to take a serious toll in investigator-initiated research at universities and other centers of research across the country,” he said.  “This has compromised our ability to sustain our research programs and in the end will inevitably reduce the nation’s international competitiveness, not just scientifically but economically.”

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