Apr 02 2012 Published by under NIH, NIH Budget

It's difficult and painful to watch researchers get the financial plug pulled on their research programs when the funding dries.  One lab in particular in my department has been run on a shoestring budget pretty much since its existence but now they are digging in the couch cushions for spare change and coming up with buttons and stale ass Cheetos.  The painful thing to see how this budget is starting to hamper the trainees and their projects, antibodies can't be ordered because they are too expensive, previously large scale experiments are scaled back to limit costs, etc.

This was a lab that didn't need much to get by and now they have nothing on the immediate horizon for at least 6 months to a year.  Its dark days out there folks, if you've got it, be thankful for it.  And if you don't, I hope you can get it.

3 responses so far

  • Sean says:

    GR, drop me an email will see what I can do to help.

  • Sorry. Those times suck.

    I remember times like that. My (hm, the group I was in) went from 13 to 3 in a couple of years due to funding... it sucks. However, I'm not sure that dragged out "we can't order things" pain is really the best solution ... it's hard to see a solution if you don't have reagents etc to actually get results and data.

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