Science policy news weekly update: March 24, 2017

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The ASBMB’s director of public affairs, Benjamin Corb, discusses President Donald Trump’s budget proposal and what it would mean for biomedical research.

Scientists hear mixed message on political support for biomedical research at the NIH

The ASBMB’s policy analyst, André Porter, discusses the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology’s call for lawmakers to play a larger role in the decision-making processes at nonmilitary, nonbiomedical, federally supported research agencies.

House panel calls — once again — for greater congressional oversight for research proposals

 

Last week, when the president released his budget proposal, American scientists and researchers finally had a clearer picture as to how his administration views the scientific research community. Unfortunately, that picture is stunningly bleak. With proposed overarching cuts to the nation’s nondefense spending, agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency would be significantly affected. Even though the proposal was far from comprehensive, one thing is clear: The Trump administration is treating biomedical and scientific research an afterthought.

Research is an afterthought in first Trump budget (Science)

 

Trump’s budget proposal calls for a close to 20 percent cut to the NIH’s budget. If Congress were to approve the president’s proposal, this would result in a nationwide funding crisis for vital and life-saving biomedical research. The fiscal stability of the nation’s universities and medical schools would be undermined, America would quickly lose ground on international leadership in medical research, and the potential for discovering new therapies and cures for diseases would be greatly diminished. While many in the scientific community are optimistic that the NIH won’t face these cuts, it is important to be aware of the damaging and long-lasting effects that cuts like these would produce.

Why Trump’s NIH cuts should worry us (The New York Times)

Cuts to NIH will have drastic effects (Washington Post)

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