ASN Opposes Proposed Cuts to NIH and F&A Costs

The American Society of Nephrology and more than 100 organizations from the broader medical research community united to express opposition to the Administration’s proposed 21% cut in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget and drastic reductions in NIH support for facilities and administrative (F&A) costs.  The united stance is included in a letter delivered Wednesday, August 23, to the Office of Management & Budget Director John Michael Mulvaney and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Thomas E. Price, MD.

President Donald Trump’s 2018 fiscal year budget called for significant cuts to the NIH budget and its support for F&A costs associated with conducting federally supported research.  The proposed reduction in F&A support would prevent researchers from conducting high-quality medical research and cripple the medical research community. Researchers nationwide rely on F&A reimbursement to cover essential research costs including but not limited to: personnel support, physical infrastructure, energy and utility expenses, costs of regulatory compliance, and other government mandated expenses.

Read the entire letter urging the Administration to reconsider its proposed reduction in F&A reimbursements and to strengthen its commitment to medical research.

ASN encourages individuals to contact their local Representative and Senators to express their support for medical research by calling (202) 225-3121.