APS Advocates for NIH, NSF Research

Earlier this year as Congress was working to complete fiscal year (FY) 2018 spending bills, APS helped bring attention to the need to increase biomedical research funding.

On February 21, 2018, APS President Dennis Brown sent letters to Congressional appropriators urging them to devote additional resources to federal research agencies in FY 2018. Citing the need to address emerging health challenges and foster the next generation of researchers, Brown called on Congress to provide NIH and NSF with predictable and sustainable budget growth in FY 2018 and beyond. The letters asked for a $2 billion increase in NIH funding, for a total of $36 billion, and an additional $530 million for NSF, bringing the agency’s budget to $8 billion.

On March 8, 2018, representatives of APS and other FASEB member societies came to Washington, DC to participate in the federation’s annual Capitol Hill Day. APS was represented by Kevin Kregel (APS representative to the FASEB Board), Hannah Carey (FASEB VP for Science Policy), Laura McCabe (APS representative to the FASEB Science Policy Committee), and APS members Janice Urban, JR Haywood and Dan Warren. The APS representatives joined representatives of 28 other societies to urge adoption of FASEB’s FY 2018 and 2019 recommended funding levels.

Five people stand together, smiling at the camera, the US Capitol Building is behind them.
Michigan researchers JR Haywood (APS), Donna Martin, Laura McCabe (APS), Barbara Ducatman, and Charles Parkos in front of the U.S. Capitol.
A woman and man stand smiling at the camera; the Michigan state flag is behind them.
APS Science Policy Committee Chair Laura McCabe, with Representative John Moolenaar (R-MI).

Three men stand facing the camera and smiling. The one on the left is Dan Warren and the one in the middle is Senator Roy Blunt.
APS member Dan Warren thanks Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) for his committed support of the NIH.
A woman and man stand smiling at the camera in front of a multi-story, black, steel structure, in view are abstract portrayals of one pointed and one rounded mountain peak
Janice Urban, representing the Association of Chairs of Physiology Departments, and Frank Krause, FASEB Executive Director, in the Hart Senate Office Building with Alexander Calder’s “Mountains and Clouds” in the background.

Three people stand in front of a plaque reading: Senator Tammy Baldwin Wisconsin SH709
FASEB Vice President for Science Policy Hannah Carey (APS) joins Vivek Balasubramaniam, Mark DiStefano, and Marcelo Bonini for a meeting with Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI).
Hannah Carey sitting on a couch, smiling and holding up an orange, plastic wedge of cheese that is larger than her head
Hannah Carey finds some Wisconsin cheddar.

 


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APS calls on Congress to support NIH, NSF research

APS President Dennis Brown sent letters to the appropriations committees in both houses of Congress urging increased funding for NIH and NSF.

Letter to Appropriations Leadership on NIH FY 2018 Funding

Letter from APS President Dennis Brown to the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate appropriations subcommittee that handles NIH funding. A similar letter was also sent to the corresponding House subcommittee leadership.

Letter to Appropriations Leadership on NSF FY 2018 Funding

Letter from APS President Dennis Brown to the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate appropriations subcommittee that handles NSF funding. A similar letter was also sent to the corresponding House subcommittee leadership.

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