Why NIH? Why Now?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is our nation’s medical research agency and the largest funder of biomedical research in the world. 

NIH-funded research sparks remarkable scientific advances that aid understanding, prevention, treatment, and cures for thousands of diseases and conditions.

Medical research in the United States is in crisis.

Adjusted for inflation, NIH receives nearly 19 percent less funding than it did in 2003.

Because of this decrease in funding, NIH must reject research proposals that could lead to future discoveries of cures and treatments for cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other diseases. Our brightest young scientists are turning to other careers, and other countries now threaten our global leadership in biomedical research.

In the best of times, 1 in 3 NIH research proposals is funded. Today, that rate has fallen to 1 in 5.

The stakes are high and the effects are real. If we don’t act now and recommit our nation to a sizeable investment in research, discovery of treatments and cures for our loved ones will be stalled. Laboratory and research institutes will close. Public health and national security threats will continue to plague citizens here and abroad.  Our foreign neighbors will take the lead in science and discovery.

The time is now. 

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.

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