by Jeffrey Mervis
Science – Most researchers will find it easy to support the majority of the recommendations in a new report by a National Academies panel given that the committee calls for spending tens of billions of new public and private dollars each year on research, training, and infrastructure at the nation’s elite universities.
But one of the panel’s 10 recommendations could be a real deal-breaker for many faculty members. It calls for full reimbursement of the overhead costs of federally funded research, that is, what universities spend on everything from maintaining labs to paying the salaries of administrators to assure compliance with all relevant federal and state laws governing the conduct of research.
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