March 23, 2021
Today, SNMMI along with the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA), American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT), Association for Quality Imaging (AQI), and the Center for Diagnostic Imagining (CDI), sent a letter commending Reps. DeGette and Upton on the introduction of the the Research Investment to Spark the Economy (RISE) Act. We remain committed to assisting Congress in the nation’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and support the continuous funding of scientific and medical research that will ensure improved patient outcomes.
SNMMI and the undersigned organizations are deeply concerned about the serious consequences of the ongoing disruptions to the broader research enterprise. The RISE Act (H.R. 869) will address this by authorizing approximately $25 billion in much-needed supplemental funding for federal research agencies to mitigate the negative scientific and economic effects of the COVID-19-related laboratory closures and disruptions of research already in progress. The longer the slowdown continues, the more serious the consequences will be, especially for graduate students, postdocs, principal investigators, and laboratory and technical staff. While our nation’s research infrastructure has demonstrated that it can absorb shocks, this shock is unprecedented in duration and its impact continues to expand. As such, Congress' enactment of the RISE Act will foster the recovery of pre-pandemic research and support the next generation of scientists.
Additionally, SNMMI is working with the Academy for Radiology and Biomedical Research (the Academy) to advance our appropriations recommendation for FY2022. Specifically, we support asking Congress to provide $46.1 billion for NIH, a $3.2 billion increase over FY2021. This funding level would allow meaningful growth of 5% in the NIH’s base budget to keep pace with the biomedical research and development price index (BRDPI). We encourage our members to respond to this call to action here as this is an incredibly important issue that has a direct impact on next year’s available grant funds.