Dear Research Advocate, COVID-19 : With the alarming escalation in infections and hospitals running out of beds due to the pandemic, it’s timely to stress to policymakers (and those who wish to be) that the American people want action now to improve our public health system. Today we published additional results from our recently-commissioned survey on behalf of a working group formed to address our nation’s commitment to science showing that strong majorities across the political spectrum see improving our public health system as an urgent priority . Science Strong : Please take a moment before November 3 to make the worst week of the pandemic the week every candidate connects the dots...
Dear Research Advocate, Deal or No Deal? : House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin continue to talk in hopes of clinching a bipartisan agreement on an emergency supplemental. Earlier this week, Research!America sent a letter urging them not to abandon their efforts and to include, in any agreement reached, at least $26 billion to supplement pandemic-eroded research funding. We also tweeted them (you can too!). You can also email your Members of Congress, urging them to voice support for this funding. Advocacy can’t stop now! Immigration Actions Impacting R&D : The Trump Administration, through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has issued proposed...
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are continuing to speak regularly with the goal of arriving at an emergency spending package that can pass both chambers of Congress and be signed into law without further delay. The President has also said he supports a new spending package. Unless we fight for it, this emergency spending legislation will not include supplemental research funding to help fill the gaps created by COVID-19. Together we have to make this a priority . Research delays are an emergency. Patients and our society as a whole cannot afford science setbacks. Please use this editable email to weigh in with your representatives in Congress. You can also...
The Department of Homeland Security issued a Proposed Rulemaking on September 25, 2020 to establish a fixed term for student visas of no more than four years. Read a summary here . In some cases, students may have to reapply for their visas every two years, depending on their country of origin. The American Immigration Council (AIC) reports that the rule has over 19,000 comments at this time. The President’s Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration and NAFSA has put together a summary with instructions on how to submit comments here. Customize your comment by describing how the rule will be harmful to science, the impact on you or someone you know, and how international students have...
Dear Research Advocate, Physician and author Dr. Alison Escalante wrote in Forbes this week: “According to [a survey commissioned by Research!America], a strong majority of Americans agree that ‘the Covid-19 pandemic is a disruptive event and requires urgent refocusing of America’s commitment to science.’” Results from the survey were also featured in The Aspen Institute’s Science & Society publication released today. See the survey here . You can use the survey data to act on behalf of science right now! Visit www.VoteScienceStrong.com to engage with candidates on the strategic significance of R&D and the multi-faceted benefits of faster medical and public health progress. Use #...
Dear Research Advocate, This week we congratulate the winners of the Nobel prizes, celebrating achievements and solving problems that benefit us all. In our statement , we underscore the importance of federal taxpayer funding for basic research, making the extraordinary work of the Laureates possible. I’ve long admired the way the Nobel Foundation captures the essence of the Laureates’ contributions, exemplifying as they do the very best in persuasive writing . (For those like me who are aficionados of the power of the written word, this linked blog post provides keen insights on the rhetorical reasons why the Nobel Foundation is – and all of us can become – a model of writing that wins...
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have continued to negotiate with the goal of arriving at an emergency spending package that can pass both chambers of Congress and be signed into law without further delay. The President tweeted his support for another emergency funding bill. This emergency spending legislation will not include supplemental research funding to help fill the gaps created by COVID-19 unless we fight for it. Research delays are an emergency. Patients and our society as a whole cannot afford science setbacks. PLEASE use this editable email to weigh in with your representatives in Congress and send a tweet like this one to Speaker Pelosi and...
Dear Research Advocate, This morning, we sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin urging them to reach a deal on an emergency spending package that includes $26B for research relief. As my colleague Ellie Dehoney said in Bloomberg, medical progress has “easily been set back a year.” Unfortunately, as of this writing, the situation looks grave. Speaker Pelosi had delayed a vote on a slimmed-down version of the HEROES Act referred to as “HEROES 2.0” in the hopes of a bipartisan emergency spending agreement. Now an agreement appears unlikely. Stabilizing our nation’s research ecosystem is essential to driving medical progress and innovation...

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If concerted, long-term investments in research are not made, America will lose an entire generation of young scientists.
Brenda Canine, PhD; McLaughlin Research Institute, Montana