Message from President Salovey about federal research funding

President Peter Salovey sent the following message to the Yale community on April 21.

As scientists gather this weekend to increase awareness of the value of science in improving lives and spurring economic growth, I write to express my support for scientists and scholars working at Yale, in the United States, and around the world. I join you in affirming our collective and individual commitment to the spirit of discovery and the pursuit of knowledge.

The programs and activities targeted for deep spending cuts in 2018 — student aid, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, among many others — promote economic mobility, support innovation, and celebrate our common cultural heritage.

  • Deep cuts to the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Energy’s Office of Science would stifle the pace of scientific discovery at Yale and other research institutions.
  • The termination of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities would impoverish our cultural heritage and limit the ability of scholars to share the wonder of cultural treasures with the public.
  • The elimination of Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants and cuts to the Federal Work Study Program would make higher education less affordable for low-income and first-generation college students. Yale will stand by its commitment to its undergraduates to meet their full financial need, but for many college students across the country, this aid makes all the difference. We also depend on federal funding — such as training grants — to support graduate and professional students, the future leaders in their respective fields.

Yale will continue to advocate for federal funding that advances our national and human interests. In partnership with my fellow college and university presidents, I am actively engaged in seeking federal support for Yale’s key priorities. In addition, Richard Jacob, associate vice president for federal and state relations, and his staff in the Office of Federal Relations remain committed to helping our colleagues in Washington, D.C. understand the vital importance of research and educational investments for our nation’s future.

The United States has long led the world in life-saving and life-enhancing discoveries. Advances in basic and applied research — made possible through the longstanding bipartisan support of the historic partnership between the federal government and American research universities — have powered our nation’s economy and improved millions of lives. Locally in New Haven, the effect is apparent in the 60 companies created around Yale inventions over the past 20 years. Federal funding for the arts and humanities has helped make all our lives more meaningful. The rewards for our country and our humanity have been extraordinary.

Today, I invite members of the Yale community to join me in affirming the continued importance of research and scholarship. Only through learning and discovery — light and truth — can we face our challenges with confidence and, as stated in the university’s mission, “improve the world today and for future generations.”

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