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With new Congress, NIH funding for Yale up in the air

With Republicans’ takeover of the Senate earlier this month, Yale researchers have been forced to ask a half-billion dollar question: What will happen to research funding from the federal government?

From 2012 to 2013, the University experienced a 4 percent drop in federal grant and contract income funding — from $562 million to $535 million — University Spokesman Tom Conroy told the News last fall. But while federal funding for the NIH has been declining in real dollars since 2003, many at the Yale Schools of Medicine and Public Health argue there is no need for heightened pessimism with the advent of a fiscally conservative majority in the Senate. Few faculty were willing to make specific predictions, but election results have prompted discussions about the future funding climate at Yale, they said.

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