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AAMC Joins Call for More Federal Science Funding

November 5, 2015—The AAMC is one of more than 500 organizations represented on a Nov. 2 letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders urging them “to make strong investments in America’s innovation ecosystem one of your highest priorities” by increasing federal research funding by at least 5.2 percent above fiscal year (FY) 2015 levels.

The letter, organized by the Task Force on American Innovation, was signed by 13 science coalitions, including the AAMC-led Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research, representing industrial, academic, and scientific organizations.

The letter encourages Congress “to build upon the bipartisan commitment already evident in FY 2016 appropriations bills, and enact legislation that provides real growth for federal investments in research and development across the board.”

“Sequestration and the failure of federal research and development funding to keep pace with inflation in recent years are eroding our nation’s capacity to innovate,” the letter notes, adding, “Federal agencies’ ability to fund cutting-edge research and recruit and retain scientific talent for intramural research has suffered and so has our nation’s ability to capitalize on discoveries that could benefit society in ways not yet realized.”


Dave Moore
Senior Director, Government Relations
Telephone: 202-828-0559


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