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.

  • 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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  • Supreme Court to Hear Cases on Travel Ban; Reinstates Temporary Ban Affecting Certain Foreign Nationals
    The Supreme Court recently announced that it will review two federal appeals court rulings that temporarily blocked key provisions of President Donald Trump’s revised Executive Order (EO) on ...  
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  • FY 2017 Spending Bill Includes $2 Billion Increase for NIH
    Nearly eight months into fiscal year (FY) 2017, Congress approved, and President Donald Trump signed into law, an omnibus appropriations bill that increases the NIH budget by $2 billion ...
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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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  • Representative Tom Price Confirmed as HHS Secretary
    Rep. Tom Price was confirmed as the Secretary of Health and Human Services in February by a Senate vote of 52-47. Price, who is an orthopedic surgeon, served six-terms in the House of ...
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  • NIH Issues Notice on Interim Research Products
    NIH released a Notice on March 24 that “encourages investigators to use interim research products, such as preprints, to speed the dissemination and enhance the rigor of their work”. The Notice ...
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AAI Public Affairs Activities

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 was pleased to hold its largest ever Capitol Hill Day on May 16. A total of 89 AAI members from 21 states participated in the Hill Day visits. The participants met with Members of Congress or staff from 85 Congressional offices.

AAI Announces 2017-18 Public Policy Fellows

On May 1, 2017, AAI launched the seventh year of its Public Policy Fellows Program (PPFP), which engages early career scientists in the public policy activities that impact biomedical research. AAI Fellows have the opportunity to visit Capitol Hill and to delve more deeply into key issues that impact science through the AAI public affairs program.

AAI Submits Congressional Testimony on FY 2018 NIH Appropriations

AAI recently submitted testimony to the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) Appropriations Subcommittee, recommending an appropriation of at least $35 billion for NIH for fiscal year 2018, in addition to any funding provided to support the 21st Century Cures Act. The testimony was submitted on behalf of AAI by AAI Committee on Public Affairs Chair Beth A. Garvy, Ph.D.
AAI submitted similar testimony to the House Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee in March, prior to the release of President Trump’s full budget request for FY 2018.