The Ohio State University Office of Research has released a summary of information currently available regarding the impact of sequestration on Ohio State’s research funding. The sequester amount will be about 5.1% of the current fiscal year budget for non-defense agencies and 7.3% for defense agencies. Agencies will have flexibility in how they manage their cuts. NIH is funding non-competing continuation awards at 90% of the committed level with the intent of providing some additional funding (though probably not the entire 10%) when they finally have a budget in place. NIH’s plan will necessitate fewer new awards, but we have no estimate of the number. The Office of Sponsored Programs notes that NIH has denied some requests for carryforward on U awards, so this is another source of budgetary concern.
Most agencies have not yet provided any information on their plans. This variability and lack of detail makes planning for the future challenging. The OSU Office of Research has suggested several steps that researchers can take to limit potential impacts on their programs.
Be sure to check the Office of Research homepage for further updates; they will post additional information as it is made available. Please contact Anne Moffat at (614)292-3732, or your Sponsored Program Officer if you have questions or need help with planning.