Dear Research Advocate, When President Biden delivers his State of the Union address on Tuesday, March 1, he will be speaking to a nation grappling with serious challenges, from COVID-19, to rising inflation, to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Additional context for his remarks: Congress has yet to complete this year’s funding decisions, leaving federal departments and agencies handcuffed to last year’s budgets as they work to respond to today’s needs. It’s time to meet the moment. We urge Congress to complete FY22 funding and the President to submit a FY23 budget that includes strong medical and health research funding. As our January survey revealed, 8 in 10 Americans across the political...
Dear Research Advocate, Across the political spectrum, Americans agree it is important for the U.S. to be a global leader in health research (85%) and in science and technology (89%), according to data from our newly released national survey . More than 8 in 10, across party identification, say investing in research is important to economic growth (83%) and important to creating jobs (85%). More than 7 in 10 say COVID-19 is a disruptive event calling for assigning a higher priority to S&T in the U.S. (71%). There is also bipartisan agreement that basic research which advances the frontiers of knowledge should be supported by the federal government (83%). It is important to make...
Dear Research Advocate, The news this week about OSTP Director Eric Lander’s inexcusable behavior is dismaying – there is no excuse for demeaning and disrespecting others. As we stressed in conversations with media ( Bloomberg , Science , STAT News ): Lander’s departure must not slow the momentum behind several Administration-led initiatives with lifesaving potential and bipartisan support. ARPA-H and the Cancer Moonshot come immediately to mind. Progress on the Hill: There are several indicators of momentum on Capitol Hill. As announced Wednesday, House and Senate appropriators reached agreement on the outline of an FY22 omnibus appropriations package. We urge the House and Senate to move...
Dear Research Advocate, Omicron infection rates are rapidly decreasing, according to CDC data released yesterday . Even though infections and hospitalization are far from over and the U.S. death toll will reach 900,000 this weekend, media coverage is more and more about how we are moving to a somehow comfortable “new normal.” Beyond the reality that we simply do not know what new COVID-19 variants are in the cards, the misconception that “endemic” = “no longer a problem” is unpacked in a recent Nature article . Consider that malaria and tuberculosis are endemic around the world, taking the lives of millions each year (read our new Malaria Fact Sheet ). If COVID-19 indeed becomes endemic...