US-Funded Researcher Salaries to Drop?

A draft 2012 spending bill would cut the maximum salary paid to biomedical scientists by grants from NIH, CDC, and other federal agencies.

Bob Grant
Bob Grant

Bob started with The Scientist as a staff writer in 2007. Before joining the team, he worked as a reporter at Audubon and earned a master’s degree in science journalism...

View full profile.


Learn about our editorial policies.

Oct 27, 2011

WIKIMEDIA COMMONS, UNITED STATES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

A House of Representatives version of a 2012 spending bill, which would set next year's budgets for federal research agencies under the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), contains a proposal to trim the maximum amount a principle investigator on a grant from one of those agencies can receive. The draft bill, which was submitted in late September, would ratchet down the maximum salary on grantees receiving funds from the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other DHHS agencies from $199,700 to $165,300, a drop of about 17 percent. The Senate version of the 2012 DHHS spending bill leaves the salary cap unchanged, even though it proposes cutting the overall NIH budget by $190 million.

The potential salary cap adjustment has research institutions worried that they may have to find other ways to fund their investigators' full...

Congress will have to reach some consensus on the provisions contained in the House and Senate versions of the legislation before passing the final 2012 DHHS spending bill, a move that is expected by the end of this year or early next.

Interested in reading more?

The Scientist ARCHIVED CONTENT

ACCESS MORE THAN 30,000 ARTICLES ACROSS MANY TOPICS AND DISCIPLINES

Become a Member of

Receive full access to more than 35 years of archived stories, digital editions of The Scientist Magazine, and much more!
Already a member?