March 25, 2013
Cuts May Mean Long-Awaited Efficiencies at NIH
Chris Gunn, NIH
So far, the National Institutes of Health is hunkering down. Staggered by a looming 5-percent cut after years of flat budgets, higher education's top provider of basic research money insists there's no place it can reasonably scale back.
"It's not the case that there's fat left in the program," declared NIH Director Francis S. Collins, just before the sequestration budget cuts took effect this month.
Provided with $31-billion a year by taxpayers, the NIH runs about as lean an