Competition for federal research grants is so fierce that Port St. Lucie scientist Rafick-Pierre Sékaly jokes that submitting an application is akin to buying a lottery ticket.
The odds are about to get worse. The federal budget sequester that took effect this month calls for 5 percent cuts to non-defense programs, which would trim some $1.6 billion from the National Institutes of Health’s $31 billion budget.
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