The Dreaded “S” Word

Most of the general public is probably sick and tired of hearing the word “sequestration” brought up in every situation regardless of relevance, but, for research administration personnel, the current budget battle hits incredibly close to home.  While both sides of the aisle overplay or underplay the effects of any cuts, the fact remains that any reduction in funding to major governmental research entities will necessarily affect many of our research administration brethren, regardless of size.  Here at JHU, which receives roughly $600M in annual award dollars from NIH alone, we, too, are attempting to determine how best to move forward to ensure that efforts aren’t compromised.

Given the uncertainty, there is only so much an institution can do besides waiting and watching.  Scouring the internet for the latest updates helps to some degree, and SRA International recently did everyone a favor by creating a one-stop website boasting links for various governmental entities related to all things sequester.  So, be sure to check it out here.

How are our colleagues dealing with the current situation?  Are there any additional resources that you’ve found valuable?