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Academic Scientists Launch Into 1993-94 School Year With Little Hope Of Easing Serious Funding Problems

On campuses across the United States, academic scientists and research administrators are beginning the 1993-94 school year with no expectations of relief from the fiscal and regulatory difficulties that have marked the past several autumns. States continue to cut back on support for public and private colleges and universities; moreover, the pool of federal funding is not growing sufficiently to keep up with the increased numbers of scientists vying for grants to support their research. "

Barbara Spector
On campuses across the United States, academic scientists and research administrators are beginning the 1993-94 school year with no expectations of relief from the fiscal and regulatory difficulties that have marked the past several autumns. States continue to cut back on support for public and private colleges and universities; moreover, the pool of federal funding is not growing sufficiently to keep up with the increased numbers of scientists vying for grants to support their research.

"There's a level of acceptance on our campuses" that the funding situation is not going to improve, says Cornelius Pings, president of the Association of American Universities (AAU).

To make matters worse, research administrators say, the paperwork required to satisfy government safety, cost-accounting, and animal-care regulations is mushrooming. At the same time, stiffer indirect-costs restrictions prohibit schools from receiving government reimbursement for the hours spent on such time- consuming labor.

"It's a catch between a...

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