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Science Budget: When Federal Science Stopped

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Science  12 Jan 1996:
Vol. 271, Issue 5246, pp. 136
DOI: 10.1126/science.271.5246.136a


The budget battle that shut down much of the federal government for 3 weeks—compounded by the “Blizzard of '96,” which shut down Washington for another 3 days—has left an impact on science programs that could linger for months. Grants from NIH and NSF have been delayed, federal officials are faced with a mountain of paperwork, and many critical peer review and planning meetings have been postponed. NIH alone could take 6 to 9 months to get back on track.