On September 23, the Endocrine Society will join a group of scientific societies, academic institutions, and other biomedical research advocates as part of the 9th Annual Rally for Medical Research.
Rally participants will call on the Congress to make funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) a national priority and raise awareness about the need for robust, sustained, and predictable increases in annual appropriations for the NIH. Participants will meet via videoconference with their elected representatives to advocate for NIH funding and share their stories about the importance of their research to public health.
The timing of this year’s rally is critical because congressional negotiations on next year’s funding have stalled, and it is likely that Congress will approve a continuing resolution that would only fund the government at the current year’s level. This means that any proposed increases to the NIH or other research funding agencies advanced by appropriators will not move forward, and new proposals such as the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) cannot start. This uncertainty prevents the NIH from efficiently distributing funds to researchers, and rally participants will emphasize the importance of finishing the work on appropriations so that Congress can deliver these necessary resources to advance biomedical research.
We expect that this year’s rally will be extremely well-attended and have a broad reach, and we thank our members who took time out of their busy schedules to advocate for their field.
While this is the second year in a row that the Rally for Medical Research Hill Day will take place online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the virtual event offers additional scheduling flexibility, allowing organizers to engage more congressional offices, and bring more biomedical research advocates to the event. We expect that this year’s rally will be extremely well-attended and have a broad reach, and we thank our members who took time out of their busy schedules to advocate for their field.
TAKE ACTION: If you cannot participate in the Rally for Medical Research Hill Day, you can still make your voice heard and join the Endocrine Society’s online advocacy campaign. We encourage all U.S. members to take action and share our message with their elected officials in Washington, D.C. Taking action is quick and simple and it does make a difference. Please visit www.endocrine.org/takeaction and click on the campaign. You will be asked to fill in your home address. Our software will provide you with an email template that you can personal or leave as it and direct that message to the correct mailboxes on Capitol Hill.