In DepthU.S. RESEARCH FUNDING

Shutdown ends, but not worry

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Science  01 Feb 2019:
Vol. 363, Issue 6426, pp. 440
DOI: 10.1126/science.363.6426.440

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Summary

The longest U.S. government shutdown in history is over. But this week, officials at federal research agencies that were shuttered for 35 days warned they won't be returning to normal anytime soon. The impasse, which began 22 December 2018 and ended on 25 January, halted most operations at more than a half-dozen agencies that conduct or fund research, including NASA and the National Science Foundation. It forced many academic researchers to cancel or delay planned projects and froze the grantmaking machinery at key agencies at one of the busiest times of year for reviewing proposals. This week, agencies began to regain their footing after Congress and the White House agreed to a temporary, 3-week deal to fund the agencies at existing budget levels. But any relief could be fleeting: Another closure could come on 16 February if Congress and President Donald Trump can't agree on funding for Trump's proposed border wall.