Today, Unlimited Potential, Vanishing Opportunity is being delivered to the offices of every representative and senator in the U.S. House and Senate. This report was originally released in late August by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and 15 partner organizations. Unlimited Potential, Vanishing Opportunity is a report summarizing a survey of 3,700 scientists from all scientific disciplines from all over the U.S. chronicling the effects of federal budget cuts on individual scientists.
The data in this report paint a grim picture for scientists conducting federally funded research. 80 percent of survey respondents report spending more time writing grants now than in 2010, but 67 percent of respondents are receiving less grant money than in 2010. Nearly half of all respondents have laid off researchers or expect to soon. The report also features quotes from scientists discussing how federally funded research produces technological benefits, creates high-paying jobs, protects federal investments and maintains U.S. global research leadership.
The distribution of this report to Congress was strategically timed to coincide with the current negotiations regarding sequestration and appropriations. Sending Unlimited Potential, Vanishing Opportunity to Capitol Hill will remind every member of Congress as to the importance of scientific research for our nation’s health, economy and global leadership. Follow the ASBMB Policy Blotter to stay up to date with our advocacy efforts!