The Society of Toxicology (SOT) was one of several scientific organizations to sign on to a letter to the leadership of the House and Senate appropriations subcommittees to urge them to include at least $32 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and at least $1.37 billion for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) in the FY 2014 Health and Human Services and Education appropriations bill.
SOT and the other signatories expressed concern that the failure to avert the sequester, which will cut $1.5 billion from the NIH’s FY 2013 discretionary funding, comes at a time when investment in long-term research is desperately needed. A funding level of at least $1.37 billion will allow the NICHD to build upon successful research while prioritizing and investing in new research based on their recently released Scientific Vision: The Next Decade. The oganizations that signed the letter noted that more than 80 percent of the NIH annual budget is awarded to institutions and individual investigators in all 50 states, stimulating jobs and scientific innovation. The impact of this investment was affirmed most recently in a study supported by the Association of American Medical Colleges, which found federal and state-funded research conducted at the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals in 2009 added nearly $45 billion to the nation’s economy. To view the letter in its entirety, please visit the SOT website.
No action has been taken yet on the FY 2014 appropriations bills. The President recently delivered his budget to the Hill on April 10.