September 10, 2014 by Claudia Scholz
National Public Radio continues its series on National Institutes of Health funding declines, which have altered not only the amount of scientific research being carried out, but its scope and innovativeness. This piece focuses on the impact on scientists themselves and their willingness to stay in their field.
There are no national statistics about how many people are giving up on academic science, but an NPR analysis of NIH data found that 3,400 scientists lost their sustaining grants between 2012 and 2013. Some will eventually get new funding, others will retire; but others… will just give up.