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Advancing Cures Today

Thank you, Congress, for the $2 billion increase in NIH funding for FY 2019. This gets us one step closer to restoration.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the nation’s medical research agency and the largest funder of medical research in the world. Nearly 95 percent of NIH’s budget funds medical research competitively awarded to scientists, research institutions, and small businesses in every state across the country.

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What's at Stake?

Stagnant funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) means stalled progress in the fight against costly and devastating diseases, lost economic output, and the forfeiting of America’s global leadership in research and development. We need to make the NIH research budget whole again, and Congress needs to pave the path for steady, reliable funding in the future.

Advancing Cures

Diseases like cancer, stroke, and mental illness touch each of us, our family members, and patients in every community across our country.

As America’s medical research agency and the largest funder of medical research in the world, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) sparks remarkable scientific advances that aid understanding, prevention, treatment, and cures for thousands of diseases.

Thanks in large part to NIH-funded research, Americans today are able to overcome medical conditions that were once considered dire, and many more medical breakthroughs are within our grasp. But only if NIH is adequately funded.

Without NIH funding, critical research to cure diseases and save lives will stall or end. Investing in NIH helps the people we care about most, now and in the future.

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Economic Impact

Scientific discoveries sparked by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) play a critical role in our health, safety, and quality of life – and they contribute to our nation’s economic well-being and fiscal health. Scientific discovery creates jobs in our hometowns, states, and country.

NIH-funded research nurtures economic growth by incubating new technologies, giving birth to new companies, and creating jobs across industries. NIH is the largest funder of biomedical research in the world - and Americans in every state have benefited from the economic activity generated by NIH investments in local research.

NIH directly supports more than 400,000 jobs across the country, and every $1 of NIH funding generates more than double that in local economic growth.

NIH research is also critical to slashing long-term healthcare costs. For example, Alzheimer’s currently costs the U.S. $200 billion a year, and without a breakthrough treatment or cure it will cost our families $1 trillion a year by 2050.

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National Security

National security includes securing our public health. Recent global public health crises, from Zika, Ebola, and SARS outbreaks to new and potentially deadly flu strains, threaten the health of people around the world. Research supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) defends us against bioterrorism, new and emerging disease outbreaks, and deadly pandemics.

NIH has made an immeasurable contribution to improve and protect our nation’s health. It funds research that helps us understand life-threatening diseases that pose public health risks. It supports development of effective treatments and prevention methods. And, it addresses deadly outbreaks that have the potential to cross borders and devastate communities around the world.

NIH-funded research protects the health of our citizens and ensures the security of our country.

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Global Leadership

Research supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) spurs medical innovation and discoveries around the world. The United States has long been the global leader in medical research, but stagnant funding threatens America’s position as other countries increase their investments.

Adjusted for inflation, NIH currently receives nearly $5 billion less than it did in 2003. Congress has made great strides to close the gap in funding over the past several years but there still is work to be done. China is currently outspending the U.S. on research and development. We cannot afford to let America fall behind. American competitiveness depends on U.S. leadership as the largest funder of biomedical research in the world.

It is critical that NIH receives the funding needed to support outstanding scientists who will spark the next generation of scientific breakthroughs and maintain America’s role as the leader in medical innovation.

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