Oregon State University gets 60 percent of its research funding from federal government programs like the Department of Agriculture, the National Science Foundation, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. But with sequestration, those sponsoring agencies will have take at least a five percent cut to their budgets, which will result in a five percent cut to federally funded research programs at OSU.
That drop in funding means around 100 graduate student and faculty research positions could be eliminated. It will also restrict research at OSU on areas such as climate change, agriculture, and engineering. The university’s regional economic impact is estimated to be $2 billion, and OSU Vice President for Research Rick Spinrad says that could be threatened if the cuts become permanent.
Will you be impacted by the cuts at OSU?
- Rick Spinrad: Vice President for Research at Oregon State University