As pointed out last week, President Trump’s proposed skinny budget shows a lack of vision as it makes no attempt to prioritize the allocation of money against various important American needs and priorities in a strategic manner. Since the skinny budget was released, there has been more analysis across the county as to how the proposed budget would impact each state. Today, we focus on analysis regarding the impact to health research in our state.
Recently, the Center for American Progress started a special series to assess State-by-State Cuts to NIH Funding in the Trump Budget. According to the analysis, if Trump’s proposed budget takes effect, there would be an 18.3 percent cut to North Carolina’s National Institutes of Health Funding.
The researchers point out that North Carolina was the 6th most highly funded stated in 2016. Last year, NIH made 2,221 grants to organizations in North Carolina, totaling $1.2 billion.
Regarding specific projects that could be threatened, they state:
“The Trump administration’s budget outline would cut NIH funding by $5.8 billion, an 18.3 percent drop. This proposal would have pared North Carolina’s NIH grant allotment to just $980 million if it had been applied this year.
This funding cut also threatens medical research projects in North Carolina scheduled to receive NIH support in future years. For example, Trump’s deep budget cuts could threaten projects including:
• Research being conducted at Duke University on combatting childhood obesity
• Duke University research into improving radiation therapy for cancer patients
• Efforts at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, or UNC, to determine how to diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease at early ages to improve treatment
• UNC research on new treatments for the eradication of HIV”