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New estimate: Sequestration means a $4.4 million hit to CALS, $35 million campus-wide

After President Obama called to attain a “level of research and development not seen since the height of the Space Race” in the State of the Union, universities are renewing their cry for a deal to avoid the so-called “sequester” in order to preserve federal research and development (R&D) funds.

What’s at stake is a $4.4 million hit to CALS and about $35 million campus wide. That’s down from a $7 million estimate made in October. The new estimate applies an anticipated 5.1 percent cut in “non-exempt domestic discretionary spending programs” (versus 7.6 percent projected last fall) to the $87 million in federal research funding that CALS received in the fiscal year that ended last July. About four out of every five dollars of CALS research funding is federal money. Go here for information on the impact of sequestration on various federal agencies.

ScienceWorksForU.S., a project of the Association of American Universities, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and The Science Coalition, is releasing a series of videos from university leaders across the country about how the scheduled cuts will impact the U.S.’s long-term competitiveness.