(Published April 13, 2017)
In December, with bipartisan support, Congress passed the 21st Century Cures Act, a major piece of legislation designed to re-energize medical research within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – the world’s premier biomedical research government agency. But the recently released so called “skinny” budget within the America First budget blueprint, which includes a roughly $6 billion cut to the NIH, would profoundly curtail discovery and innovation across the U.S.
Members of the House and Senate from both parties have voiced their doubts about such cuts in federal funding for research and discovery, and the budget in its current form is by no means what will eventually pass. However, as UK is the flagship land-grant research institute of our state, we would be remiss if we did not portray to our citizenry, both within and external to the institution, why research matters and what is at stake. This week we outline the importance of federal funding for research at UK, with an emphasis on the realities of how these proposed cuts in research funding would influence not just UK, but the Commonwealth and nation at large. Read more here