As we pivot from a positive outcome for research in the FY18 appropriations process -- $3 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health and substantial increases for other health agencies – we must now focus on securing those increases and advocating for science in FY19. Many of you know the White House is expected to send a rescissions package to Congress sometime in May which may include up to $11 billion in spending cuts impacting agencies such as the National Science Foundation, Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Members of Congress need to hear from you before decisions are made. Learn more about how you can take action through Research!America’s advocacy webpage in this newsletter. We cannot become complacent when robust funding for research and public health is critical to combat major health threats affecting our friends, families and communities.
Research!America’s 2019 Advocacy Awards nominations are now open. The awards honor individuals and organizations whose leadership efforts have been notably effective in advancing medical progress and innovation. Deadline for nominations is Friday, May 18. The awards will be presented on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at the 23rd Annual Advocacy Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C. The Advocacy Awards are made possible thanks to the generosity of our benefactors and sponsors who are dedicated to advancing scientific, medical and health research.
For the midterm elections, now is the time to ask congressional candidates whether they would assign a high priority to research for health. Hold candidates and elected officials accountable and urge them to support policies that will enable our nation’s scientific enterprise to thrive. Advocate for science in your community this election season!