NIH Budget 2013 - Sign the Petition to Increase the NIH Budget

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A petition to increase NIH budget to $33 billion dollars in 2012-2013 fiscal year is under way. According to the petition being promoted on the White House website, a flat $30.7 billion funding for the year will kill jobs and hurt research.

As of today the petition needs at least 2200 more signatures to reach the goal of 25,000 by March 18, 2012 and get the attention of the President. (Edit: See below the new deadline for a newly initiated petition)

Any one can support this petition by clicking on the following link to the White House website and signing up.

 https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#!/petition/increase-nih-funding-33-billion-proposed-flat-307-billion-dollars-will-hurt-econmy-and-medical/FNr0kRbj
(Edit: The above link is for a new petition as the end date for the previous petition to increase NIH funding was March 18, 2012).

The petition is to increase NIH spending to $33 billion! The petition says "proposed flat NIH budget will close labs nationwide, kill good-paying jobs, damage our worldwide medical research dominance, and hurt state economies. NIH jobs cannot be outsourced. NIH funding created 350,000 jobs and contributed $50 billion to the national economy in 2007! Insource our jobs!!"

The President’s budget request for fiscal year 2013 for the NIH is $30.86B, the same overall level as fiscal year 2012.  Despite a flat budget, NIH estimates that these funds will support 9,415 new and competing research project grants (RPGs) in fiscal year 2013, an increase of 672 above fiscal year 2012. In order to increase research project grants, the NIH will reduce spending in other funding mechanisms and we will no longer build in the inflationary increases that were included for planning purposes in the out-years of competing and non-competing awards.

The full details of the NIH budget request are posted on the NIH Office of Budget website.

The petition was initiated by Stephen J. M, Lutherville Timonium, MD as per the 'We the People' initiative of the White House.  We the People is a new, easy way for Americans to make their voice heard in their government. It is a platform on the White House website where individuals can create and sign petitions that call for action by the federal government on a range of issues facing the nation. If a petition gathers enough signatures, it will be reviewed by White House staff and receive an official response. According to Whitehouse.gov, We the People helps the White House understand the views of the American people and have a focused and civil conversation with them.
 

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