FASEB URGES SCIENTISTS TO CONTINUE TO SPEAK UP IN SUPPORT OF FUNDING FOR NIH AND NSF Created by on 10/06/2011
Over the next few months as Congress attempts to resolve their differences regarding recommended fiscal year 2012 funding levels for all federal agencies, FASEB will continue to advocate for increases for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Advocates in the research community will have to make their voices heard on Capitol Hill and in congressional districts across the country in order to prevent further reductions in federal funding for research. In September the Senate Appropriations Committee approved bills that would cut both the NIH and NSF budgets. Last week, the House recommended a $1 billion increase for NIH. For details about the events leading up to this situation, please see the related articles below.
To help scientists communicate with their members of Congress, FASEB has issued an e-action alert to U.S. members of the Federation’s constituent societies. It is critical that researchers and their colleagues let policymakers know that the Senate’s proposals would be devastating to scientific progress. Reducing the FY 2012 NIH and NSF budgets below the current level will slow the pursuit of new discoveries and further erode U.S. capacity for innovation and competitiveness.