How Much Science Funding Will the U.S. Budget Sequester Cut?
The first active federal budget "sequester," an automatic, across-departments spending reduction, in more than two decades will cut funding from several U.S. departments and agencies that fund scientific research. Currently, the government funds more than one third of all research and development in this country. Details remain to be seen and the situation is still playing out, but many of these organizations clearly foresee losses in jobs and crucial funding.
This infographic illustrates what 10 major U.S. departments and agencies that fund scientific research stand to lose under the "sequester" budget cuts. For more on how the government became entwined with scientific progress, visit our timeline, Sequestered Science: How Research Got Tied Up with Federal Dollars.