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  •  You are correct. (1+ / 0-)
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    The Federal Government used to fund most of the basic research in academia.

    But after decades of neocon restructuring, most of the basic research in academia is now funded by private corporations.

    In the Fox News Christian Nation, public schools won't teach sex education and evolution; instead they'll have an NRA sponsored Shots for Tots: Gunz in Schoolz program.

    by xynz on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 01:08:27 PM PDT

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    •  It's more nuanced than that (0+ / 0-)

      I work in academia and know where most researchers get their money-and that is through the NIH or NSF, not private corporations. The most significant funding sources outside of government are Howard Hughes and the Gates Foundation, with less amounts by American Heart Assn, American Cancer Soc, and several other small foundations. Trying to run a research program with money from these is very difficult--Howard Hughes simply picks who they fund (you can't send in an application), and funding by others are, as with government funding, extremely competitive and usually only provide limited amounts of money.

      The NIH provides funds for 4 years for meritorious grants, and it is enough to cover your salary, a grad student, a post-doc, and supplies and research costs. But it has now become so competitive (only 1 in 18 proposals are funded during any cycle) that many excellent grants don't make it. It is so bad that many young scientists cannot envision themselves in a research career, having to work so hard to get money to do the research. Sequester has made it even worse. I don't know the answer, but right now if feels broken.

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