Boise State officials are warning faculty and staff of looming cuts in the shadow of the so-called "sequestration," which the U.S. Congress allowed to begin on March 1, triggering a huge list of cutbacks, many of which are expected to become more apparent in April.
"I know many of you have questions and concerns about the impact of these cuts on our university’s research and sponsored programs funding," wrote Mark Rudin, Boise State vice president for research and economic development, in an internal memo. "During fiscal 2013, the sequestration will result in $85 billion in cuts in the federal budget, including around 5.1 percent in across-the-board cuts for nondefense agency federal budgets."
But Rudin cautions that "since we are already halfway through the federal fiscal year, [the cuts] will be implemented at a much higher rate than 5.1 percent."
Rudin pointed to three federal agencies—the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health—that will experience cutbacks affecting Boise State.
"The NSF anticipates the total number of new research grants will be reduced by approximately 1,000," wrote Rudin. "The National Institutes of Health has noted that some of our grants and cooperative operating agreements may be affected. The Department of Energy has notified us that for procurement contracts, it may decide not to exercise an option or may need to negotiate lower prices or other terms, or to stop or suspend work."
Boise State has begun to post letters from the federal agencies at a special website: research.boisestate.edu/osp/sequestion.