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Science Budget: Impasse Puts NIH Grants on Hold

Science  05 Jan 1996:
Vol. 271, Issue 5245, pp. 22
DOI: 10.1126/science.271.5245.22a


The budget impasse that shut down much of the federal government a week before Christmas has disrupted the funding of grants by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Funds that were to have been sent out in December have been put on hold until NIH staffers can return to work to process them, and grants approved in late 1995 may not be funded until NIH gets its 1996 budget. NIH labs are being run by skeleton crews, but no new supplies can be ordered until the shutdown ends. The National Science Foundation has also been shut down, but the disruption came at a relatively quiet period in the grant funding cycle.