July 21, 2014 - ASM Letter Regarding the Accelerating Biomedical Research Act


The Honorable Tom Harkin
Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Mr. Chairman,

The American Society for Microbiology, the largest single life science Society with more than 39,000 members, fully supports your proposed legislation, “Accelerating Biomedical Research Act” which would increase funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The ASM is very concerned about the future of biomedical research in the United States. NIH support for basic research is critical to health and security, job creation and growing the US economy. The success rate for NIH research grant applicants has fallen to historic lows below 17 percent. The effects of sequestration included delayed research projects, loss of technical staff, halts to approved or ongoing clinical trials, and waning innovation. Decreased funding for biomedical research slows scientific progress in the United States at a time when research opportunities are exploding and other nations are growing their investment in biomedical research.

The “Accelerating Biomedical Research Act” would be a positive step in reestablishing NIH’s purchasing power and providing support for critically needed innovative biomedical research. Thank you for your leadership on this issue and your continued support of the NIH.


Timothy J. Donohue, Ph.D.
President, ASM