APA continues to pursue a systematic approach to providing research relief to scientists to recover lost funds due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On December 3, APA and 76 other research organizations urged the congressional leadership, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, (D-Calif.), and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-Ky.), to reach an agreement on emergency COVID-19 relief and provide robust fiscal year (FY) 2021 funding. The letter (PDF, 351KB) encouraged Congress to  secure the passage of an FY 2021 appropriations package bolstering the budgets of COVID-19 relevant agencies and provide an emergency legislative package to “prevent further erosion of U.S.-driven medical progress and job-producing R&D.”

The organizations specifically asked for FY 2021 funding for the National Institutes of Health (at least $2 billion), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ($380 million), the Food and Drug Administration ($250 million), and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality ($133 million). The groups also requested that Congress provide at least $26 billion to reboot crucial research at universities, academic medical centers, independent research institutes, and clinical trial sites.

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