As there is lots of discussion about NIH floating around the intertoobz, one thing that I’ve seen raised in past discussions is the ‘research’ or ‘medical’ inflation rate. That is, the cost of research is increasing faster than the cost of living. I’ve been surveying people, and, as far as I can tell, it’s not graduate student and post-doc salaries that are exploding here (though graduate student tuition subsidies could be an issue).
So this is a weird request for the hive mind:
Does anyone have an old VWR or Fisher catalog (at least 2002 or older)? If so, email me or tweet me. I’m curious to see how equipment and supply costs have changed, and what they might be doing to budgets.