Economic Impact

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.

For more information, please download the full fact sheet here.

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.

  • Advancing Cures Advancing Cures

    Investing in our health.

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  • Economic Impact Economic Impact

    Creating jobs, spurring growth.

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  • National Security National Security

    Protecting our citizens.

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  • Global Leadership Global Leadership

    Ensuring U.S. competitiveness.

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