presents the results of a two-and-a-half-day workshop organized
by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS),
sponsored by the Funding First Program of the Mary Woodard Lasker
Trust and cosponsored by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Funding First
is a new education and advocacy program of the Mary Woodard Lasker
Trust. Its goal is to stimulate a long-range national commitment
to funding medical research. The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is an independent
private foundation established to advance the medical sciences by
supporting research and other scientific and educational activities.
entitled “How to Fund Science: The Future of Medical Research,”
was held February 14-16 at the Aspen Institute’s Wye River Conference
Centers. Workshop participants were selected on the basis of their
knowledge and experience and the institutional perspectives that
they brought to the table. The group heard expert presentations,
which were followed by plenary discussions, and then by breakout
groups where recommendations for action were debated. A list of
workshop participants and the program agenda can be found at the
end of this report.
The views represented
at the meeting were diverse and no effort was made to force consensus
on the group. However, a sense of the meeting developed, which is
reflected in the findings and recommendations of this report. Participants
recognized the importance of sufficient and assured funding for
medical research, defined in the broadest possible sense. While
they were aware of the primacy of the appropriations process for
the funding of medical research, most felt that secondary sources
of funding outside the regular discretionary budget could help to
assure steady and uninterrupted funding of medical research and
supported initiatives aimed at developing such sources.
was circulated in draft to the participants, and the final version
has incorporated comments and suggestions received in response to
the draft. Readers should note, however, that neither the individuals
who took part in the meeting nor the organizations with which they
are affiliated have given universal approval of specific recommendations.
Mark O. Hatfield
Dr. Leon E.
President and CEO
Dr. Albert H.
AAAS Science and Policy Programs
1999 American Association for the Advancement of Science