The budget proposal put forth by the current administration seeks a 19 percent cut in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a federal agency that is responsible for conducting medical research and funding it at centers across the country. The NIH budget in 2016 was $30.1 billion; President Trump’s budget proposal includes a $5.8 billion cut.
The University of Colorado Denver’s Anschutz Campus receives more than $200 million in funding from the NIH, and a cut of nearly 20 percent—$50 million—would be devastating, according to Dr. Peter Buttrick, senior associate dean for academic affairs at University of Colorado School of Medicine (UCSOM). “What’s been proposed is so draconian, it’s hard to even imagine,” said Buttrick. “The NIH has historically allowed the United States to be the envy of the world … We risk losing a generation of scientists.”
The proposed cuts would have impacts across our community, on the many researchers, students, health care workers, and other staff members at the campus. According to data provided by UCSOM, almost 2,400 people in zip codes 80238, 80220, 80230 and 80207 work or study at the university and its clinical arm, UCHealth, at the Anschutz Campus (figures that do not include staff or students at other sites like UC Denver’s downtown campus).