Research Funding More Perilous As Shutdown Approaches Week Two

Oct 7, 2013

University of Kentucky president Eli Capilouto says the ongoing shutdown in Washington is threatening the key driving force of research at UK.

Last week, Jim Tracy, the vice president for research at UK, told WUKY that a shutdown of less than a week would be unlikely to cause any major disruptions for faculty, students, or staff. But now, as the one week mark approaches, school officials must face the prospect of delays in processing grants that are due or in the pipeline.

"Current budget battles and protracted stalemates in Washington imperil our progress and our future. As the country recovers in a still fragile global economy, we cannot abandon the principles that made us strong: public investment in research and development," Capilouto says.

The president notes cuts in research may not always be visible to the public, but they take a serious toll. Last year alone, UK earned $260M dollars in external grants and contracts.

Tracy also warns that furloughed education department workers might also translate to delays in student aid awards for next semester if the shutdown drags on.