Scientific community responds to attacks on National Institutes of Health research

APA joined with organizations, universities and patient groups, and the Coalition to Promote Research, urging policymakers to support the NIH and peer review
In response to the latest round of attacks on research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), APA joined with 84 other scientific organizations, universities and patient groups, and the Coalition to Promote Research (CPR), in a letter (PDF, 305KB) urging policymakers to support the NIH and to rely on the peer review process to make scientific funding decisions. In July, a conservative group concerned about stopping the “radical homosexual agenda” questioned the use of NIH funds for a list (PDF, 273KB) of peer-reviewed studies culled from the NIH database of research project abstracts. In opposing these projects, they also called on Congress to impose a moratorium on NIH grant funding pending an investigation and to stop funding behavioral research. In its letter supporting NIH, CPR stated, “Congressional decisions rescinding funding for individual grants that have been approved through NIH’s process not only undermine the integrity of the world’s premiere scientific enterprise, but also the work of our nation’s top scientists, and ultimately, the public’s health.”