AAI Public Affairs

The AAI public affairs program advocates on behalf of AAI members by identifying critically important issues in immunology and biomedical research, providing recommendations to relevant federal officials [including those at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)], and urging Congress and the Administration to increase funding for NIH and other key agencies/programs.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS NEWS
  • Senate Appropriations Committee Approves $2 Billion Funding Increase for NIH; Government to Operate Under Short-Term Continuing Resolution
    Although fiscal year (FY) 2018 begins on October 1, Congress has been unable to pass any of its annual appropriations bills.  As a result, Congress approved a Continuing Resolution ...
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  • AAI Supports Rally for Medical Research Hill Day, National Day of Action
    The 5th annual Rally for Medical Research Hill Day took place on September 14, 2017.  AAI was proud to once again co-sponsor the event as a Bronze Supporter and to support the attendance of three AAI representatives.  AAI also ...
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  • NIH Issues Policy on Next Generation Researchers Initiative
    On August 31, NIH issued a Notice containing policy details for the recently implemented Next Generation Researchers Initiative (NGRI).  The NGRI, which was announced at the June 2017 meeting of the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) ...
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  • House Appropriations Committee Approves $1.1 Billion Increase for NIH for FY 2018
    The House Appropriations Committee recently approved its fiscal year (FY) 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill, which contains a ...
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  • NIH Abandons Plan for Grant Support Index; Launches Instead the “Next Generation Researchers Initiative”
    In early June, NIH Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., announced that NIH will not implement the Grant Support Index (GSI) and will instead launch a program called the “Next Generation ...
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  • Collins to Remain as NIH Director; Sharpless to be New NCI Director
    President Donald Trump announced that Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., will remain as NIH Director. Following the announcement, Collins was reported as stating that, "I am honored to continue as the ...
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  • FY 2018 Trump Budget Would Cut NIH Funding by More Than $7 Billion
    President Trump released his full budget proposal for FY 2018 on May 23. The President proposes to cut the NIH budget by about $7.4 billion (~21.5%) from its current funding level of $34.3 billion ...
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  • AAI Advocacy Brochure
    The AAI Committee on Public Affairs and AAI Public Policy Fellows helped create the first AAI advocacy brochure in 2014 to distribute on Capitol Hill and to other lay audiences. The 2017 version of ...
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  • Community Letter to President Trump on Vaccines
    The American Academy of Pediatrics recently sent a community letter to President Trump to express support for the safety and use of vaccines. AAI co-signed the letter, along with more than 350 ...
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AAI Public Affairs Activities

Apply now for the 2018-19 AAI Public Policy Fellows Program

AAI is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 Public Policy Fellows Program (PPFP). The AAI PPFP engages postdoctoral fellows and other junior scientists (including assistant professors), in a year-long program that teaches how federal legislative action and agency rulemaking impact the conduct and funding of biomedical research – and how AAI works on behalf of its members for the best possible outcome. Scientists do not have to leave the bench for this opportunity, though participants must attend the AAI annual meeting, as well as a Capitol Hill Day in Washington, D.C., likely in March 2019.
Apply here
Deadline: January 23, 2018

AAI Opposes Tax Provision That Would Raise Taxes on Graduate Students

AAI President Wayne Yokoyama and Committee on Public Affairs Chair Beth Garvy wrote to House leaders in mid-November strongly opposing a provision in the House tax bill (eliminating the graduate student tuition waiver exemption) that would raise taxes on graduate students, including medical students, who serve as research or teaching assistants.  On December 8, Yokoyama and Garvy wrote to all 29 members of the Conference Committee that is drafting the final tax bill again urging them to oppose this provision.

89 AAI Members Visit Congress to Advocate for Biomedical Research

Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI, 6th; pictured right) with AAI members Thomas Rothstein and Nichol Holodick
In conjunction with IMMUNOLOGY 2017™, AAI held its largest-ever Capitol Hill Day on May 16. Eighty-nine AAI members from 21 states met with Members of Congress or staff from 85 Congressional offices.