We just had to share this great video explaining how supporting basic research can lead to unforeseen breakthroughs in the future. Winner of the second annual Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) “Stand up for Science” competition, the video was produced by a group of young Bay Area researchers, and is a call to support basic research funding.
“Basic research is an investment in our future. It broadens our understanding of the world we live, and the potential benefits are limitless,” the video states.
While the NIH’s funding may seem impressive—in the 2015 budget the agency is allotted $30.2 billion, a slight increase over 2014—that number is somewhat misleading. Adjusted for inflation, the 2015 budget would be $100 million lower than the 2002 funding level for the NIH. Therefore messages like the one in this video, which does a great job of explaining why scientific research needs your support, are more important than ever. Enjoy!