The president’s FY 2021 budget has been released

Dear Academy Board and Academic Council,

The president’s FY 2021 budget has been released: https://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/

The President’s proposal is to cut funding for the NIH by $3 billion, more than 7.2 percent below current levels.  Clearly this would negatively impact innovative medical imaging research at each of the 7 institutes with large imaging portfolios.  Thank you to the 25 imaging societies who signed this letter in support of an increase to NIH: https://www.aamc.org/research/adhocgp/FY2021%20Recommendation.pdf

*please share this letter with your membership and stay tuned for ways to engage and advocate with the Academy

As you know, Congress on both sides of the aisle have continued to make meaningful investments into NIH a priority over the past several years and we hope this continues.

The president’s budget request is now live on the OMB website. Text about the proposals for the Department of Health and Human Services are on pages 49 – 54, including the paragraph below regarding NIH:

Prioritizes Critical Health Research and Supports Innovation. The Budget provides $38 billion for innovative research at NIH to improve public health, $4 billion above the level requested in the 2020 Budget. NIH would continue to address the opioid epidemic and emerging stimulants, make progress on developing a universal flu vaccine, prioritize vector-borne disease research, and support industries of the future. The Budget funds the second year of the Childhood Cancer Data Initiative to further America’s understanding of the unique causes of, and the best cures for, childhood cancer.

The NIH also released it’s FY 2021 Congressional Justification with details for each Institute and Center.

Thank you, to the 25 IMAGING SOCIETIES and  330+ organizations that have endorsed that recommendation up to this point!