Multiple years of cuts to federal science spending are having an impact on the U.S. research enterprise according to a new survey from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). More than two-thirds of 3,700 researchers who completed the survey said that they do not have funds to expand their research operations, thereby postponing scientific advances. Moreover, nearly half of respondents work at institutions that have laid off researchers.

The survey was designed to measure the impacts of declining federal investments in science. When adjusted for inflation, government research and development investments have fallen by nearly 20 percent since 2002. About two-thirds of survey respondents are receiving less grant money now than in 2010. This has resulted in about half of respondents turning away promising young researchers because of a lack of funding.

“For the first time, we are able to definitively tell the story of the federally funded scientist,” said Benjamin Corb, public affairs director for ASBMB. “The data show that deep cuts to federal investments in research are tearing at the fabric of the nation’s scientific enterprise and have a minimal impact on overcoming our national debt and deficit problems. I hope leaders from both parties in Washington review these findings and join with scientists to say ‘enough is enough.’”

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