Lipinski Leads Illinois Delegation Against Harmful Budget Caps on Medical Research

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) - joined by a bipartisan group of representatives from Illinois - is urging the Trump Administration to reconsider a proposed cap in their Fiscal Year 2018 budget on funding for research institutions receiving grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The cap would significantly reduce cost sharing between the government and these research institutions, including universities, foundations, and private researchers, which would hamper medical research in Illinois and across the country.

“Research cannot be conducted without facilities and support staff, yet this is exactly what the Trump Administration’s budget request targets,” stated Rep. Lipinski.  “Illinois is home to many institutions that do important medical research.  This budget would hurt these institutions and result in less research into ways to improve Americans’ health.”   

Illinois is currently home to many highly-ranked universities and research institutions that conduct a significant amount of biomedical research.  In Fiscal Year 2017, Illinois institutions received a total of more than $465 million in grants from the NIH.  These grants support research, development, education, and the commercialization of new products and services in the national interest.