Increase Funding For Scientific Research

Target: United States Government

Goal:  Tell the government to increase funding for biomedical research

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is at risk of losing funding for important biomedical research. There is a petition asking the White House to increase the budget of the HIH by 7%. For this increase to even be considered 25,000 signatures must be received by April 17. Not only does the government need to realize the importance this funding means for science and medicine, but the public also needs to understand why research science is imperative for finding cures to fatal and life threatening diseases. The NIH has been the sole source of funding for many important discoveries in medicine. Funding continues to drop and without this increase, could lead to fewer advances in medicine, resulting in higher health care costs.

Cancer is an example of a disease that has benefited from NIH funding. Two monumental discoveries, both funded by the NIH, catapulted cancer research from trial and error to understanding and targeting the underlying causes. As a result cancer prevention and therapies are saving lives. Alzheimer’s disease is another hot button issue that depends on research funded by the NIH. Private funding for scientific research is small change compared to NIH funding which provides salaries, benefits, and infrastructure for university and research labs.

With the drop in funding jobs in research will be lost as will entire labs. Fewer young people will want to go into research as a career and less research, which could result in cures, will be done. What will be left are large labs that will focus on the disease du jour which could neglect areas where important discoveries could be made. Government must increase funding for the NIH and we must persuade them.

PETITION LETTER

Dear President Obama,

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is at risk of losing an increase in funding that will be used for important biomedical research. There is a petition asking for an increase in the budget of the NIH by 7%. For this increase to even be considered 25,000 signatures must be received by April 17. With an aging population and increases in health care costs, the public is demanding that funds are appropriated to the NIH. The NIH has been the sole source of funding for many important discoveries in medicine.

Cancer is an example of a disease that has benefited from NIH funding. Two monumental discoveries, both funded by the NIH, catapulted cancer research from trial and error to understanding and targeting the underlying causes. As a result cancer prevention and therapies are saving lives. Alzheimer’s disease, important to aging baby boomers, is another hot button issue that depends on research funded by the NIH. Private funding for scientific research is small change compared to NIH funding which provides salaries, benefits, and infrastructure for university and research labs.

With the drop in funding jobs in research will be lost as will entire labs. Fewer young people will want to go into research as a career and less research, which could result in cures, will be done. What will be left are large labs that will focus on the disease du jour which could neglect areas where important discoveries could be made. Please listen to the people and increase funding for the NIH.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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