President #Trump’s proposed budget cuts crush #SanFrancisco elites

The gravy-train is about to derail and San Francisco’s elites are panicking.

Researchers and university leaders in the Bay Area, one of the nation’s premier hubs of scientific and medical research, are reeling in the wake of President Trump’s proposal to cut federal funding to the government’s primary agency for medical research by nearly a fifth.

President Trump’s preliminary budget, would cut federal funding to the National Institutes of Health by 18 percent, which would bring NIH funding levels to the lowest they’ve been in 15 years. Currently, hundreds of millions of dollars of NIH grants go to Bay Area research universities to help fund studies on cancer, epilepsy and other diseases.

That’s a lot of free money.

The University of California in San Francisco was the nation’s second-highest recipient, behind Johns Hopkins University. UCSF received $578 million in NIH grants, which made up about 10 percent of the university’s budget.

That’s a lot of free money.

Other top Bay Area recipients include Stanford, which received $427 million, and UC Berkeley, which received $126 million.

That’s a lot of free money.

Trump’s budget “blueprint” included this statement regarding the NIH cuts: “The budget includes a major reorganization of NIH’s institutes and centers to help focus resources on the highest priority research and training activities. … The budget also reduces administrative costs and re-balances federal contributions to research funding.”

Read the whole story in the San Francisco Chronicle


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