Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Not everybody agrees

From the New York Times:

Plan to Cut Funding for Biomedical Research Hits Opposition in Congress
  • Some Democrats and some Republicans think the cuts to NIH are misguided;
  • some are proud that NIH funding has substantially increased;
  • could have "catastrophic results" for patients and researchers;
  • one of the big issues is "indirect costs" in grants (which has been true for decades). 
"Arthur Bienenstock, an emeritus professor at Stanford and an expert on science policy, said the proposal made him worry about the future of research.

“The net impact would be a significant decline in biomedical research, and its centralization in a small number of universities,” he said. “Research would shift away from public universities and less well-endowed private universities, toward well-endowed private universities like Harvard and Stanford.”

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