May 25, 2017
A letter to Congress calls for lawmakers to reject the deep cuts to research and science education proposed in President Trump's fiscal year 2018 budget request.
"The budget cuts outlined by the Administration for 2018 would set back American innovation for years. Funding rates for programs that support foundational biological research are already extremely low, with roughly four out of five research proposals rejected by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and Agriculture and Food Research Initiative. The proposed budget would slash these funding rates even further for researchers at universities, colleges, marine labs, field stations, biological collections, and other non-profit research centers. Research conducted at federal labs would be harmed by likely staff reductions and cuts to research budgets."
The letter was organized by AIBS and signed by 40 other scientific organizations.
Read the letter.