Trump’s Budget Outline Proposes Significant Cuts To Science, Research Agencies, Including 18% From NIH, Elimination Of Fogarty International Center

The Atlantic: All the Ways Trump’s Budget Cuts Science Funding
“President Trump’s budget blueprint, released Thursday morning, is supposed to lay out the administration priorities, and science is clearly not among them. It deals sweeping cuts to science and health agency budgets, and, in some cases, targets specific programs championed by the Obama administration…” (Zhang, 3/16).

Nature: U.S. science agencies face deep cuts in Trump budget
“When it comes to science, there are few winners in U.S. President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal. The plan, released on 16 March, calls for double-digit cuts for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Institutes of Health. It also lays the foundation for a broad shift in the United States’ research priorities, including a retreat from environmental and climate programs…” (Reardon et al., 3/16).

New York Times: Scientists Bristle at Trump Budget’s Cuts to Research
“…[T]he extent of the cuts in the proposed budget unveiled early Thursday shocked scientists, researchers, and program administrators. The reductions include $5.8 billion, or 18 percent, from the National Institutes of Health, which fund thousands of researchers working on cancer and other diseases … Some cuts were singled out for criticism. The proposed budget would eliminate the Fogarty International Center, an NIH program focused on global health. The center, founded in the 1960s, has worked on HIV/AIDS, Ebola, diabetes, dengue, maternal mortality, and numerous other health problems, and trains American and foreign doctors and researchers in developing countries…” (Fountain et al., 3/16).

STAT: Trump proposes shuttering NIH program that promotes medical research overseas
“One of the National Institutes of Health’s only programs devoted to global health research and training is on the chopping block as part of President Trump’s vision for an overhaul of some government agencies. … Public health experts say the closure of the [Fogarty International Center], if approved by Congress, could hamper future responses to the spread of infectious diseases and slow research that could help Americans. … The center has a budget of [$69.2] million — a fraction of the [$5.8] billion in proposed NIH cuts — that today funds 400 research and training projects that involve more than 100 U.S. universities…” (Blau, 3/16).

Washington Post: Science and medicine leaders say Trump budget would be dire for U.S.
“…The leaders of the scientific and medical establishment woke up to that startling news [of large proposed budget cuts] Thursday morning and quickly fired off statements of protest and alarm. This budget, they collectively warned, threatens America’s pre-eminence in science and technology. ‘This is not a budget that’s designed to make America first,’ Rush Holt, chief executive of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, told the Washington Post…” (Achenbach/Johnson, 3/16).

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