What is sequestration?

UC and other institutions of higher education are experiencing a significant decline in federal support for academic research and development because of the automatic federal budget cuts enacted under the Budget Control Act of 2011, commonly known as "the sequester" or "sequestration."  UC estimates a decrease between $200 to $220 million in the 2012-2013 fiscal year, a six to eight percent drop in the level of federal support from last year, and increasingly significant cuts in out-going years.  

Federal agencies have implemented their own sequestration plans, and UC is already seeing a trend of cuts to smaller research awards that fund projects for shorter durations.  While UC is actively pursuing private funding for research, the anticipated private sector support will offset only a very small fraction of sequester-driven reductions.  Further, private funders are generally reluctant to support essential basic research and early stage studies that federal research funding agencies have historically underwritten.