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February 11, 2013 Dear Representative: The undersigned organizations and institutions, which represent patients, scientists, health care providers, and industry, are gravely concerned about the impact of continued cuts, including sequestration, funding shortfalls in fiscal years 2013 and 2014, and the threat of additio
The Great Ape Protection and Cost Saving Act of 2011 (S. 810/ H.R. 1513 ) would ban all life-saving research involving chimpanzees. Chimpanzees are a unique and invaluable resource for ethically conducted biomedical research, particularly translational research through which scientific discoveries are advanced into treatments and cures. The research community and AAU are committed to ensuring that such research not only conforms with ethical, legal, and safety regulations but also maintains the highest standards of animal care and health.
This bill would halt or delay ongoing research on devastating diseases for which no other animal model exists and could harm research that directly benefits chimpanzees and other great apes.
A group of 11 Members of the House ask NIH Director Francis Collins to implement a proof-of-concept pilot program that would award grants to universities to support researchers exploring the potential commercialization and licensing of their discoveries.
Letter endorsed by more than 160 organizations and institutions supporting a restoration of the NIH salary limit to Executive Level I.
49 Senators urge Senate appropriators to maintain a strong commitment to funding for the National Institutes of Health in FY13
AAU Advocacy One-Pager For FY13 NIH Budget
The U.S. Department of Justice files another brief in the Sherley v. Sebelius case over NIH funding of embryonic stem cell research.
The Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research files an amicus brief in support of the Department of Justice's position on the the Sherley v. Sebelius lawsuit over NIH funding for embryonic stem cell research.
AAU and APLU Commitment to Ensuring Global Access to Medical Advances
1 ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN UNIVERSITIES President January 5, 2012 Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D Director, National Institutes of Health Building 1 -Shannon Building, 126 1 Center Drive Bethesda, MD 20892-2152 Dear Francis: On behalf of the Association of American Universities (AAU), representing 61 leading public and p
Association of American Universities 1200 New York Ave., NW, Suite 550, Washington, DC 20005 (202) 408-7500 ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN UNIVERSITIES The Association of American Universities (AAU), representing 61 leading public and private research universities, would like to thank the Office of Science and Technology Po
AAU submits comments to the NIH Working Group on the Future Biomedical Research Workforce.
Letter to Senate Appropriators from 41 Democratic and Republican Senators in support of sustained investment in the National Institutes of Health in Fiscal Year 2012.
As the principal performers of National Institutes of Health (NIH) extramural research, our member institutions base their animal care and use programs and their compliance with the Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals on the National Research Council’s Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR) 1996 Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and, as applicable, the Animal Welfare Act. However, NIH’s implementation of the new Eighth Edition of the Guide makes significant changes to the PHS Policy. We recommend that NIH’s implementation of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals be delayed until key concerns can be addressed.
As Members of Congress who strongly value the contributions of the National Institutes of health (NIH), we are writing to thank you for your past support and to respectfully request your continuted support for NIH medical research, which is essential to sustain advances in science and the health and economic impacts of the research it funds.
AAU President Robert Berdahl thanks the President for his leadership and efforts to sustain strong federal investments in scientific research and student aid, particularly in maintaining the Pell Grant maximum award, in the final FY11 spending measure.
A group of 138 associations, institutions, and patient groups, including AAU, sent a letter to congressional appropriations leaders on April 4 opposing statutory mandates on the number and size of grants made by the National Institutes of Health. The restrictions have been included in the House-passed FY11 continuing resolution (H.R. 1).
A concise review of the history of NIH, particularly as it relates to funding, as well as the current structure and issues facing the agency.
AAU and the
Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) sent a letter to
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins on February 11
urging that NIH sustain support for research infrastructure as it moves to
reorganize certain NIH activities.
Dear Chairman Obey and Ranking Member Tiahart: As Members of Congress who strongly value the role of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), we are writing to thank you for your past support and to respectfully request your continued support for NIH funding, which is essential to sustain advances in science and the economic impacts of the research it funds.As you work to finalize the Fiscal Year 2011 appropriations bills, we respectfully request a funding increase of at least 7 percent for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) compared to the Fiscal Year 2010 baseline level.
AAU and its member research universities commend President Obama for his FY11 request of a 3.2%, or $1 billion, increase for NIH, and pledge to work with Congress and the Administration to secure this funding. Biomedical research funded by NIH and performed at AAU member universities helps assure U.S. leadership in the life sciences revolution of the 21st century. The proposed added investment in FY11 will enable research universities to pursue scientific opportunity, advance public health, and create jobs and economic growth.
AAU and the other participants in ResearchMeansHope commend Congress and President Obama for the strong support they have recently provided to the National Institutes of Health in the Recovery Act and the appropriations process. It is critical that we keep the momentum going.
On behalf of the Association of American Universities, I commend President Obama’s selection of Francis Collins as Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Collins is the right person at the right time to lead the NIH when we have such extraordinary opportunities in biomedical research.
Dear Sir or Madam: The Association of American Universities (AAU) comprises 60 leading U.S. research universities which together perform approximately 60 percent of the extramural research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). I write to offer AAU’s views on the Draft National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research of April 23, 2009.
On behalf of research universities across America, I want to thank President Obama for his executive order on embryonic stem cell research. This order allows America’s medical scientists to do their jobs: pursue scientific inquiry in one of the most promising research areas of our time. Our nation is now able to support this extraordinary basic research, which will not only lead to cures for ailments that afflict millions of people here and around the world but also change fundamentally the way we understand and treat human diseases.
Elias Zerhouni was the right leader for NIH in trying times. Through the NIH Reform Act of 2006 and initiatives such as the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research, he led NIH in pressing the frontiers of molecular medicine for the benefit of all Americans and, indeed, the world. In an atmosphere of constrained national resources, Elias became NIH's most articulate and effective advocate, and in the past several years succeeded in restoring NIH as a top priority for our nation's leadership. Convinced that the public’s trust is NIH’s most important asset, he strengthened the integrity of NIH and its researchers and has pressed the extramural community to do the same.
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The singular answer to these questions is a strong and vibrant program of basic research. This research underpins all past, and potential future, medical breakthroughs. The cumulative results have created an explosion of knowledge and technology that promises to further transform medicine and health.
Dear Mr. Chairman: This letter follows up on our September 14 meeting, in which I told you that the Association of American Universities (AAU) endorses the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Reform Act of 2006. We support your effort to reauthorize NIH and commend your commitment to strengthening the world’s preeminent biomedical research agency.
Dear Dr. Ruiz Bravo: We are writing on behalf of the member institutions in our associations - the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), the Council on Governmental Relations (COGR), and the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC). We wish to express our concerns regarding proposed modifications to the current Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) funding formula for tuition reimbursement on research training grants and fellowships, and to request formally that NIH delay implementation of the proposed payment cap of $16,000 on graduate tuition to allow more complete discussion and analysis of alternatives with all stakeholders.
Dear Mr. Stern: As associations representing the nation’s research universities and their affiliated academic medical centers, teaching hospitals, research institutes, and research faculty and staff, we recommend that the Inspector General withdraw the proposed Compliance Program Guidance for Recipients of PHS Research Awards in its current form. The detailed description of the compliance program and discussion of compliance risk areas will not accomplish the objective of enhancing compliance. It is too limited in scope and focus to result in the most effective compliance approaches. PHS research awardees share the belief that an effective compliance program helps ensure good stewardship of Federal funds. They are already striving to meet the goals of improving grants management and ensuring responsible conduct based on guidance developed by the research community itself, tailored to meet the complex compliance challenges inherent in the research enterprise.
Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this town hall meeting regarding the Ruth Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA). I speak to you today, wearing two complementary hats -- one as the representative of the Association of American Universities (AAU); the other as a longtime NIH grantee on both research and training grants.
This statement presents the views of the Association of American Universities (AAU) on proposals to modify the current funding formula for tuition reimbursement on research training grants and fellowships in the biomedical sciences. AAU comprises 60 U.S. and two Canadian research universities. Our member institutions perform nearly 60% of federally funded university-based research and award nearly half of all U.S. Ph.D. degrees in engineering and the sciences. AAU and its members are able to speak from considerable firsthand experience about the issues to be discussed in NIH’s November 30 Town Hall Meeting, and we are grateful for the opportunity to offer the following observations.
SECTION 2. ORGANIZATION OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH The discussion draft amends Section 401 of the Public Health Service Act, which describes the organizational structure of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The discussion draft does not eliminate or consolidate any existing national research institutes or centers. The draft divides existing institutes and centers into two major categories: mission specific institutes and science enabling institutes and centers.
To amend title IV of the Public Health Service Act to revise and extend the authorities of the National Institutes of Health, and for other purposes.
The nation’s research universities are deeply concerned by recent efforts to inject political and ideological considerations into the scientific merit review system that determines which research proposals are funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
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