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A message from the Provost: Advocating for federal support of great research

Jun. 30, 2017, 8:01 AM

From Provost Susan R. Wente’s letter in the June 2017 issue of Open ‘Dore:

While the Open Dore is typically on pause during the summer months, I felt it was important to provide an update on a recently announced federal budget proposal that calls for drastic cuts to research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). These proposals from the Trump administration and Health and Human Services (HHS) include restricting facilities and administrative (F&A) reimbursements on NIH awards to 10 percent of total research. If adopted, this cap on F&A reimbursements would adversely affect ALL of our nation’s research institutions, public and private, including Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

I want to assure all that I am working diligently with Chancellor Zeppos, VUMC President and CEO Jeff Balser, our deans and our entire public affairs team to make sure federal agency officials and our legislators are aware of the consequences such a cut would bring. Dr. Balser also writes on this topic in his recent VUMC Reporter Rounds article. Furthermore, we are working in partnership with institutions nationwide through the American Association of Universities (AAU) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

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