URGENT: Act Now to Protect Investments in Science!

November 19, 2012

by Paula Skedsvold

The President and U.S. Congress are in the midst of intense negotiations focused on how to prevent the “fiscal cliff” and develop a long-term deficit reduction package. Numerous proposals have been advanced, some of which would result in significant cuts to science.

Under the Budget Control Act of 2011, caps on federal spending were put into place for a decade, and federal agencies that fund science have already felt the impact. On January 2, 2013, additional automatic, across-the-board cuts will take effect, including an 8.2% cut to non-defense programs that support science funding through agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, as well as a 9.4% cut to defense, including those programs that support its research priorities.

Scientists from across disciplines are contacting their elected officials in Washington, DC, to urge them to develop a bipartisan, balanced approach to deficit reduction that protects needed investments in science and recognizes the cuts that have already been made.

If you have not contacted your elected officials in Washington, DC, on this issue in the past month, join your colleagues now.

Act NOW to protect science funding!