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More Robust Federal Funding For U.S. Scientists Needed For ‘Next Big Breakthroughs’

The Hill: Poised for big breakthroughs, U.S. scientists find dwindling support
Paul Rothman of the Johns Hopkins University, and E. Albert Reece of the University of Maryland School of Medicine

“With the midterm elections now behind us, we could not help but notice that one crucial policy issue was not considered in a serious or thoughtful way on the campaign trail: today’s woeful funding shortfalls in science. … Preserving America’s leadership in global biomedical research will require bold, decisive actions and strategic planning for the long term. … We call upon policymakers to restore the lost ground of 10 years of flat funding and demonstrate a commitment to sustained, robust financial support that matches the unprecedented scientific opportunity at hand. While we cannot recoup the losses of the past few years, we can start investing now in the next big breakthroughs…” (11/7).