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Federal Funding Drives Innovation
The nation suffers from more than a federal deficit. Studies by congressional and scientific panels repeatedly warn of an "innovation deficit" that weakens our technological edge. Decades of strong federal support for university research and education helped America prevail in the Cold War and fueled prosperity.
When the federal government eased up on research funding in last year's across-the-board "sequestration" cuts, many scientists were shaken. Young and mid-career scientists began to question whether they can succeed here and worried about a research brain drain.