EDITORIAL

No Windfall for U.S. Science

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Science  03 Jan 2014:
Vol. 343, Issue 6166, pp. 6
DOI: 10.1126/science.1250035

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With sequestration, 2013 was not a banner year for U.S. science. The federal research and development (R&D) budget, at an estimated $132.8B (billion), was 6.9% below 2012 levels and the lowest it had been since 2002, adjusted for inflation. With October came the government-wide shutdown, when the political parties failed to reach agreement on the 2014 appropriation. After 2 weeks of critical experiments being abandoned, time series suffering gaps, research grants not being funded, and overall loss in the credibility of the U.S. government as a reliable science partner, a temporary budget deal was struck in the form of a continuing resolution that reopened government, but only until January 15 of 2014.