Sequestration Information

March 1, 2013

Dear colleagues,

We’ve received several questions regarding sequestration and want to take this opportunity to share some information about how it may affect University of Nebraska-Lincoln research programs.

At this point, it appears highly unlikely a budget deal will be struck by midnight tonight (March 1), and across-the-board budget cuts (“sequestration”) will likely take effect. The across-the-board feature of sequestration limits agency discretion and means all agency programs will be affected. Defense discretionary spending, including defense R&D, will be cut 7.3 percent; domestic discretionary spending, including non-defense R&D, will be cut 5.1 percent for fiscal year 2013.

Sequestration will continue for a decade. The federal government currently is operating on a six-month continuing resolution, which funds the government through March 27. A budget must be passed by then to avert a complete government shut down.

How this will affect research universities depends largely on how the federal agencies implement cuts to their budgets. Not all federal agencies have communicated yet how they plan to implement sequestration. Some preliminary information follows below:

We also recommend two summaries of sequestration-related information for you to read:

As additional information becomes available, we will post it on our website:

Meanwhile, we recommend researchers maintain contact with their program officers for specific information regarding their funded or pending projects. We also recommend closely monitoring accounts for early warning signs of overruns. It may be necessary for units to prepare to fund “hardship” cases. As always, the Office of Research and Economic Development remains available to discuss any such cases or any questions you may have. Now, more than ever, it’s important to aggressively pursue the external funding opportunities that do exist and to submit the highest quality proposals possible.

Thank you for your important contributions to our growing research university. We will do our best to track the effect of the sequestration ‒ both research and funding being cut and that which cannot be undertaken ‒ and will remain in contact with you as this issue further develops.


Prem S. Paul
Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development
University of Nebraska–Lincoln