As we go to press, the coronavirus is pushing forward, relentlessly claiming lives and shaking global confidence. It is all too possible – and terribly short-sighted – that the President’s budget, to be released within days, will once again specify cuts rather than bolstered resources for NIH, CDC, and FDA, agencies whose own resilience is essential to containing the coronavirus – and so much more. For example, the flu has already claimed 8,200 lives this season. All stakeholders in research for health should speak out to the President and Congress about the necessity to combat a frightening health threat to step up budgetary support this year for federal agencies that are entrusted with finding the solutions to what ails us. Elected officials are listening closely to the electorate right now, with the election cycle pressing forward. As in every election year, Research!America is reaching out to candidates for president and Congress; we want to engage you and your networks in this important advocacy. Watch for us on social media and let us know what you are doing to assure that vocal support for research is a mantra every candidate delivers because it is an affirmation of the strongest values we all hold close – better health and quality of life, a driver of prosperity and security.