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Research!America is dedicated to ensuring a strong public and private sector investment in research to improve health at a level warranted by scientific opportunity and supported by public opinion. Member organizations and others share their perspectives on a wide variety of topics relating to public and private sector research and innovation, and public health. The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of Research!America.

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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...
TAKE ACTION NOW! This week, the Senate is expected to pass and the President to sign a temporary “Continuing Resolution” (CR) to maintain the Fiscal Year 20 budget through December 11. Negotiations reportedly continue on an emergency spending bill to address the destructive impact of COVID-19 on individuals, small businesses, and communities across our nation. COVID-19 has also undermined U.S. priorities, including medical progress, which has been set back by the corrosive effects of the pandemic on lab productivity, clinical trials, and the education and career paths of promising young researchers. There is still time to convince Congress and the President to agree on an emergency spending...
Dear Research Advocate, How to Fight for the Future : Ruth Bader Ginsburg lived her life fearlessly. She refused to let the present dictate the future. Her dogged persistence in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles and her sense of civic responsibility transcended ideology. Regardless of the chain of events her death triggered, our nation would be well served by channeling Justice Ginsburg’s fierce commitment to societal progress as we confront a confluence of daunting national and global challenges. So what can research advocates do? The following thoughts are suggestive, not exhaustive! Make the Case : The American Academy of Arts and Sciences will release a report next week, “...
Dear Research Advocate, If you weren’t able to join us for the National Health Research Forum, you can watch the recordings from the Forum platform . The popular short videos from federal officials, members of Congress, and leaders from across the research and public health ecosystem are posted on our YouTube channel , where all the recordings will soon appear. CNN, C-SPAN, and PBS (among other media outlets) covered several sessions; watch them here now: Secretary of HHS Alex M. Azar, II interviewed by Susan Dentzer Anthony Fauci, MD interviewed by Judy Woodruff ADM Brett Giroir, MD , interviewed by Sanjay Gupta, MD Robert Redfield, MD interviewed by Frank Sesno Vaccine Development: Are we...
Dear Research Advocate, Wow, what a day! I hope you were among the many who joined us yesterday for the first day of Research!America’s 2020 Virtual National Health Research Forum — Straight Talk: Securing a Science-Strong Future. Here’s some of what we learned: We must "communicate, communicate, communicate — but in one voice. Leadership at all levels need to display unwavering enthusiasm for science and communicate the importance of scientific advancement like was done for [the response to] Sputnik.” —Dr. Susan Hockfield “We have an opportunity to really communicate and explain in a better way, what scientific data really mean and what is the respective context. There is no absolute truth...

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