|Moving Forward: Support NIH funding for FY2015 Budget|
November 20, 2014
Support an appropriation of $32 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2015 for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 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.
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: Pass an Omnibus Spending Bill - Show Your Support for Research! FY2015 Budget for NIH
I am writing to urge you to work with your colleagues to pass an FY 2015 omnibus appropriations measure. We must ensure that the nation's research enterprise has the necessary resources to meet the scientific and health challenges of the 21st century.
I 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.
[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.
In closing, I respectfully request that you support an FY 2015 omnibus appropriations bill that includes funding increases that were proposed by the Appropriations Committees for NIH, NSF, and the other federal science agencies. The nation's scientific enterprise needs sustainable, predictable budget growth in order to help keep Americans healthy and generate new knowledge. Delayed action runs the risk of slowing progress and squandering available scientific opportunities.
I urge you to support the appropriation of $32 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2015 for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
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