More than 125,000 Researchers Call on Congress to Raise Spending Caps, Increase Science Funding
The United States’ largest coalition of biological and biomedical research associations calls on Congress to avoid fiscal crisis and take action on the budget.
The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), which represents more than 125,000 researchers, issued a letter on September 30 urging Congress to raise the spending caps and pass a bipartisan budget that includes increased funding for scientific research.
Earlier this year, the importance of federal investment in biological and biomedical science and research was recognized by the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, which approved legislation to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation. In the letter, FASEB and the Presidents of 21 of its member societies urge lawmakers to expedite passage of the proposed fiscal year (FY) 2016 spending bills and the included funding increases for these critically important research agencies.
“It is crucial that the United States remains at the front lines of biomedical research,” said Parker B. Antin, PhD, FASEB President. “If Congress doesn’t act, research will be disrupted, and those who are waiting for cures will pay the price. After years in which funding levels did not keep pace with rising costs, this modest increase confirms that funding scientific research is a national priority and helps safeguard our standing as a global leader in life sciences.”
For more detailed information on the impact of ongoing funding losses on research grants and discoveries, download and print FASEB’s latest factsheet, or view it online.
The following FASEB member societies signed on to support increased science funding:
American Association of Anatomists
American College of Sports Medicine
American Federation for Medical Research
American Peptide Society
American Physiological Society
American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
American Society for Clinical Investigation
American Society for Investigative Pathology
American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
American Society for Nutrition
Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities
Biomedical Engineering Society
Genetics Society of America
Society for Developmental Biology
Society for Glycobiology
Society for Pediatric Research
Society for the Study of Reproduction
The American Association of Immunologists
The Protein Society
The Society for Redox Biology and Medicine
The Teratology Society