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Federal Cuts Would Devastate Research, Innovation

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When the Trump administration released its federal budget proposal last month, the plan’s significant cuts to research funding jolted the research community.

In a recently published op-ed, the University of Minnesota’s Interim Vice President for Research Allen Levine, Ph.D., warned of the devastating affect such cuts could have—not just for public research universities, but for US discovery and innovation across the board. Levine wrote in MinnPost that following the path laid out in the Presidential Budget Request would cut short potential discoveries, economic growth opportunities, and improvements to our quality of life.

The budget proposal includes cuts in medical, humanities, arts, energy, and environmental research. U of M researchers rely on resources distributed by nearly every federal agency that supports research—their funding made up 60 percent of the $788 million the U received last year.

“We’ve seen significant progress in treating cancer, cardiovascular disease, depression and diabetes, among others, at the same time that we rely on technology in our smart phones, tablets and laptops to do our jobs and live our lives,” Levine wrote. “All of these innovations have roots in the basic research that the federal government has funded in the postwar era.”

See the full article in MinnPost.

Kevin Coss

Kevin Coss

Kevin is a communications specialist with the Office of the Vice President for Research.

coss@umn.edu

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