February marks the kick off of federal budget negotiations for fiscal year 2019 (FY19) that begins on October 1, 2018. It’s hard to have a conversation about FY19 when there has been no decision on FY18 as continuing resolutions (CRs) have brought Congress to a contentious standstill on the budget as on so many other issues. The president’s FY19 budget, meanwhile, is expected to be released on February 12. It is not likely to be friendly, spending-wise, to federal research agencies.
All things considered, advocacy in this confusing situation is more than a little frustrating but that is not a reason to step back from public outreach. Our Raise the Caps social media and advocacy campaign makes it easy to be engaged, and engagement is what is called for by those who are stakeholders in research and innovation that drive health, prosperity and security.
Research does not speak for itself; advocates are essential. Once a year, Research!America honors exceptional advocates — always an inspirational event. Read more about our awardees and join us on March 14 for our Advocacy Awards Dinner!