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Moving Forward: Support NIH and NSF funding for FY2015 Budget Print Email

April 16, 2014

 

Support an appropriation of $32 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2015 for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and $7.6 billion for the National Science Foundation (NSF). Increasing the funding for NIH would restore funding lost to sequestration in FY 2013 and support the training of the next generation of scientists, including potential increases to the entry-level stipend for National Research Service Awards (NRSAs),currently at $42,000, to levels commensurate to awardees’ education and experience.

 

 

Please write to the appropriations committees (follow the links below to see the lists of members) and to your Senators and Representative expressing your support of the President's budget for non-defense research and development:

 

Senate Appropriations Committee

Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies

Senate Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies

House Appropriations Committee

House Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies

House Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies

 

It is especially important to write to your Senators and Representative if one of them serves on an appropriations committee or subcommittee.

 

Thank you for your support of postdocs and research!

 

--The NPA Board Of Directors Chair, Keith Micoli, Ph.D

--The NPA Board of Directors

 


 

 Suggested Message

 

[Date]

 

Dear [Senator or Representative] [Insert Last Name],

 

Re: FY2015 Budget for NIH and NSF

 

I am writing today to ask that you support a minimum of $32 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2015 for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) within the Department of Health and Human Services. Increasing the NIH budget to $32 billion would support vital initiatives to train the next generation of scientists, and fund at least 600 additional competing research grants. In addition, I ask for your support for $7.6 billion for the National Science Foundation (NSF). This would support more than 11,000 research grant awards to 2,000 institutions and support 300,000 individual researchers

 

[INSERT personal message about how lack of funding would affect you. For example: As a Postdoctoral Researcher at X University, I am currently working on X research. My job position here is dependent on federal funding and any cuts in funding would jeopardize my current position, my research work, and my future career in research.]

 

I urge you to support the appropriation of $32 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2015 for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and $7.6 billion for the National Science Foundation (NSF).

 

Sincerely,

[Insert your name and full mailing address]

 

 

 

 

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