Science policy news weekly update: June 2, 2017

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In his Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal, President Donald Trump called for massive, unprecedented cuts to the National Institutes of Health, which could lead to the collapse of the largest biomedical research enterprise in the world. Lawmakers in D.C. were quick to label his budget dead on arrival. However, even the threat of a budget cut could have detrimental effects on the future American scientific research. Now, the NIH will enter a period of financial uncertainty, preventing strategic planning for the future. Without steady, predictable budget increases, the NIH and other agencies supporting federally funded scientific research will be forced to delay vital and life-saving research projects. Therefore, it is up to the scientific community to ensure its voice is heard, and continue to reiterate to Congress the importance of federally funded scientific research as a driving force behind American innovation.

NIH budget cuts. It’s not just about the money (Scientific American)

Even the threat of budget cuts can hurt American science (The Atlantic)

Keep shouting to save science (Nature)

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