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CCTS Newsletter | March 15, 2019

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Dale Dirks and Dane Christiansen
March 15, 2019

On Wednesday, March 6th, 200 advocates representing the grassroots clinical and translational research community visited Capitol Hill for the annual Translational Science 2019 Advocacy Day. The event was the largest Advocacy Day yet with established and young investigators visiting Senators and Representatives from twenty-eight states. Advocates took the opportunity to educate their legislators about the value, importance, and local impact of ongoing and emerging research efforts. The community also asked Congress to sustain the ongoing investment in medical research across federal agencies, which has bolstered the full spectrum of medical research.

Shortly after the community’s Capitol Hill Advocacy Day, the president released a broad summary of his Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Budget Request to Congress. The non-binding proposal calls for deep cuts to non-defense discretionary programs and large increases to defense spending (although cuts are also included for defense health programs). In summary, the FY2020 budget request features the following items of interest: 

$34.368 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a proposed decrease of $4.938 billion below FY 2019.

Elimination of the $451 million Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality and consolidation of some of its ongoing activities into a new NIH Institute entitled the, National Institute for Research on Safety and Quality, with a proposed budget of $256 million.

$33.3 billion for the Defense Health Program, a decrease of $1.1 billion below FY 2019. 

o The Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program, including the Peer-Reviewed Medical Research Program, is traditionally not included as part of the administration’s annual budget request. 

$762 million for the Veterans Administration’s Medical and Prosthetic Research Program, a decrease for $17 million below FY 2019.