Dallas Business Journal Senior Writer Jeff Bounds reports that cuts imposed by the federal budget sequester that took effect March 1st reduced funding to several North Texas universities by millions of dollars, and that the pain caused by the cuts will not be spread evenly nor will happen all at once.
The most significant cuts will occur at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Bounds cited spokesman Michael Berman, saying in a statement that the institution “will experience more than a $20 million loss in support of federally funded research and care for Medicare recipients” — the cuts to be almost evenly split between grants and Medicare reimbursements. Mr. Berman added that the Medical Center has already experienced some rollback in research funding, and that Medicare cuts will commence April 1.
Research at the University of North Texas at Denton could receive as much as $1.25 million to $2.5 less funding, primarily from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Health, and the Department of Defense. Bounds cites UNT vice president for research and economic development Kenneth Sewell as planning to honor 100 percent of current commitments, but expects to reduce the number of awards by 10 percent during the next fiscal year. Mr. Sewell anticipates 5 to 10 percent fewer research dollars in general for fiscal 2013.
On the other hand, the report also indicates that The University of Texas at Dallas doesn’t anticipate any major immediate effects from the federal sequester, and according to spokeswoman Kristin Sullivan at UT Arlington, the greatest impact may be felt at UT in the 2014-2015 academic year budget, with the 672 UTA students who received an average of $2,090 federal work study assistance in the 2011-2012, to be affected by an anticipated $100,000 cut in federal work study aid for in the 2013-2014 academic year.