The lessons of forward thinkers like Vannevar Bush should be crystal clear. Government funding of basic research is essential to our national interest.
Imagine if we assured predictable and sustainable funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – where most Ebola research is funded – saw its budget cut to $4.4 billion last year, down from $4.5 billion in 2010.
True innovation doesn’t exist without diversity,experts say, so the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a consortium of Detroit colleges $21.2 million over five years to encourage more underrepresented students to pursue careers in biomedical research.
The truth is that the amount of money the U.S. spends on medical research is falling precipitously. It has been hit by budget worries in Congress, sequestration, and the decline in research funding by corporations.
“The worst thing you can do for biomedical research or any research is this feast or famine where you rev up the engine and then you take away the fuel,” said Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health.
The United States is home to the most innovative medical research environment in the world, leading the way in tremendous breakthroughs in new and advanced lifesaving treatments that improve the health of millions of Americans.
ACT for NIH: Advancing Cures Today announced a national, non-partisan effort to seek an immediate, significant funding increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to enhance life-saving medical research for patients around the world.