This is such a multi-faceted story I barely know where to start. A recent piece in The Scientist serves as a convenient example of how local research institutes and universities are dealing with shrinking investment income, declining grant success of their staff and a need to think about the future. Although this focuses on one institute and one investigator, no doubt there are other similar situations going on elsewhere.
A news item posted by Elie Dolgin on April 8, 2009 reviews a recent disagreement between the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Stephen F. Heinemann, Ph.D. [lab website]. From the Dolgin piece:

Then the economy tanked, and in January Salk halted all funding stemming from the Salk Institute Council Endowment, which supported Heinemann’s endowed chair position and a sizeable chunk of his research. Heinemann still held two grants from the NIH and received support from a private foundation. But with an active mouse research lab that cost north of half a million dollars each year, he couldn’t make ends meet without the endowment that paid for 30-40% of his operating costs as well as his salary.

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Our little Easter Egg hunt was fun for me and apparently fun for several readers as well. I received 14 baskets including one obvious cheaterpants and two after the deadline (tsk, tsk).
I am still doing a little scoring and cross checking however it is very likely that at least two of our winners will be the ones who found 11 eggs each.
Eleven???????

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