Collected by a coalition of leading scientific and medical groups, the data show that a significant portion of scientists receive less federal aid than three years ago, despite spending more time writing letters asking for donations. Nearly one in five American scientist ponders on how to continue to leave their studies abroad because of the poor conditions of the financing.
The study, which was initiated by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and will officially be published next week, is the last of this kind that shed light on the extent of stagnation and budget cuts that have hit in recent years, the world of science.
The study involved more than 3,700 scientists from all 50 states. Eighty percent said they spend more time on the letter requesting grants than in 2010, and another 67 percent said they receive grants under less money than ever. Only two per cent of respondents said that they had received money from their employers (mainly academic institutions), which offset the loss of federal funds.
Depletion of resources, harms the ongoing research, the projects have to curtail or reduce staff.
According to the survey, 68 percent of respondents said they did not have the funds to expand its research activities, 55 percent said they have colleagues who are, or have already lost, or are about to lose their job. And 18 percent of those surveyed said they are considering the opportunity to continue their careers in other countries.