|Moving Forward: Support NIH funding for FY2016 Budget|
March 3, 2015
Support an appropriation of $32 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2016 for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Increasing the funding for NIH would 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 $42,840, to levels commensurate to awardees’ education and experience.
It is especially important to write to your House 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
Dear [Representative] [Insert Last Name],
Re: FY2016 Budget for NIH Research Funding
I ask that you support a minimum of $32 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2016 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.
[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.]
While I certainly understand the difficult fiscal situation the U.S. faces, I urge you to prioritize funding for the federal science agencies like the National Institutes of the Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and others. The opportunities for advancement in understanding of complex diseases, accelerating treatments, vaccines, and cures, and unlocking basic knowledge about the world around us have never been greater. In order to take advantage of these opportunities, an omnibus appropriations bill must be passed to give NIH, NSF, and the other federal science agencies a measure of certainty and continuity.
I urge you to support the appropriation of $32 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2016 for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
[Insert your name and full mailing address]