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Lobby group pushes for funding stability at NIH

Lobby group Research!America has helped to organize a push for robust funding for the National Institutes of Health from within Congress, in the face of further cuts due to sequestration, and it is hoping to expand the campaign to other agencies that support research.

Research!America coordinated a letter that Senators Bob Casey, a Pennsylvania Democrat, and Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, recently sent to the congressional budget negotiators charged with developing a compromise following the recent federal government shutdown advocating federal funding of biomedical research.

The congressional budget negotiators are due to come to an agreement by mid-December, and the letter from Casey and Burr warned that failure to reach a resolution will mean that the NIH’s budget will be cut again in January, due to the across-the-board sequestration cuts. During the first round of sequester cuts, NIH funds were cut by $1.55 billion, resulting in approximately 640 fewer research grants being awarded, according to Casey’s office.

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