Re: So the USA will save $800M
is the solution to have no public funded scientific research?
Hell No! Science* is all about advancing knowledge. Public funding is very important because it can be used to study areas of science that may not have any obvious application. Yet. Future researchers may stumble across past research, go Aha! and develop applications.
So it's a GoodThing(tm). Mostly. Assuming it does actually advance knowledge. But part of me thinks proposals don't go far enough, so should include 'Dark Data'. So there's a lot of public funding research that may not result in any publications, ie don't lead to peer-reviewed papers. But that data has been paid for, and still potentially very useful to other scientists, ie what not to try, or what to try if an experiment is tweaked a little.
*There are some exceptions, and based on my posting history, you can probably guess what they are. Then again, we've poured collosal amounts of public money into that field, which has improved our knowledge. Well, for those who are sceptics anyway.