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Sequestration cuts grant numbers

About 70 per cent of the major US research universities that responded to a survey said that the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration, which went into effect in March, led to a reduction in the number of grants awarded to their researchers.

Last month, the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and The Science Coalition (TSC) polled leaders from 171 public and private research universities about the early effects of sequestration, and 74 responded.

The results of the survey, released on 11 November, showed that 70 per cent of officials at these public and private higher education institutions also reported that sequestration has delayed research projects at their institutions.

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