Research!America led a multi-faceted ad, digital and grassroots campaign the week of November 13 – 17 to urge Congress to raise budget caps in FY18 to provide flexibility to increase federal funding for science.
Several scientific organizations joined the initiative which included full page print ads in The Wall Street Journal, POLITICO, Washington Examiner and The Weekly Standard, and digital ads in The Hill, CQ Roll Call, washingtonexaminer.com, weeklystandard.com and DailyCaller.com.
The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 provided relief from sequestration -- automatic spending cuts -- for two years, but the budget caps are now back in full force, jeopardizing scientific research and innovation. The campaign urged Congress to negotiate a deal to raise the budget caps for FY18 and FY19 for both Defense and non-Defense discretionary spending.
Campaign partners included the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Educational Research Association, American Geophysical Union, American Physical Society, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, March for Science, National Association for Biomedical Research, OSA-The Optical Society, Society for Neuroscience, and Supporters of Agricultural Research Foundation.
Learn more at www.researchamerica.org/raisethecaps.